Baby loss charity, Beyond Bea, launch its Alternative Birth Bag – a resource to help families navigate the birth of a baby when it has died
The Beyond Bea charity has launched its Alternative Birth Bag booklet resource for healthcare professionals supporting families experiencing medical termination, late miscarriage, and still birth.
The Alternative Birth Bag booklet contains information that cannot typically be found collectively in one place. It explores what families may wish to consider before their baby is born, during their stay in hospital and after they go home.
Steph Wild, CEO and Founder of Beyond Bea says: “Parents often describe the time between finding out their baby has died and before delivery as the ‘void’. Families feel especially vulnerable at this time. They are unsure what to do, how to prepare themselves and feel overwhelmed. They are also unsure of what services are available to them and where to look for advice. Our booklet has been created with the guidance and support of families who have experienced the loss of their babies, as well as consulting with a multitude of healthcare professionals who have supported families through their loss. The Alternative Birth Bag, acknowledges that although a baby has died, that there is still a lot of choices and options available to the families.”
The Alternative Birth Bag explores areas including; what items should parents bring to the hospital for both themselves and their baby, what memory making options might be available, lactation, birth plans and labour. As well as what happens when the baby is born, the cooling of a baby and cuddle cots.
Wild continues: “Every birthing experience is unique and there are no right or wrong decisions for families – but we hope that our resource makes families more aware of their choices and options available to them, and that saying ‘no’ or ‘not right now’ is also a choice for them. The Alternative Birth Bag is a safe space for families and signposts other suggested reading and charities.”
Since its launch the Beyond Bea Charity has already sent out 1750 Alternative Birth Bag booklets and 73 hospitals have registered to receive them too. Wild says: “The response has been fantastic; this clearly demonstrates the need for this provision.”
To sign up for the booklet online visit:
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