- Bereavement Clinics
‘Why did this happen?’ and ‘Will this happen again?’ Are two questions every bereaved parent asks following a pregnancy loss.
The National Maternity Hospital recognises that follow up care is integral to the provision of compassionate bereavement care. The hospital has systems in place to ensure that follow up consultations with an obstetrician, paediatrician/ neonatologist and bereavement midwife specialist will be provided in a suitable space, separate to mothers and babies which is conducive to discussion and counselling.
There are three specialised consultant led bereavement clinics providing follow up care for couples who have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth. Follow up with a consultant neonatologist is arranged on an individual basis for parents whose baby has died in the neonatal period. These clinics provide an opportunity for couples to be counselled, in a timely manner, in relation to results of medical investigations carried out following the pregnancy loss. The provision of medical certificates in relation to stillbirth and neonatal death are completed, where relevant and given to parents at this time so that they can register their baby’s birth/ death.
The bereavement clinics are supported by two consultant pathologists who provide valuable information through post mortem and placental examination. Further expertise is provided by a Consultant Geneticist who meets with bereaved parents in cases where a genetic assessment is required.
As well as the provision of medical results, the clinics provide an opportunity to ascertain how parents are coping with their grief and to offer ongoing support to families based on individual need.
- Early Pregnancy Loss Support Group
Our support group will held 'virutally' via webex on the second Tuesday of each month (see dates below)
Places are limited and need to be booked in advance.
To book a place email Brenda on firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is invited to attend?
We welcome any one who has experienced loss through ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy or first trimester miscarriage .This group is open to women/ partners who have attended the National Maternity Hospital and is facilitated by a Midwife Specialist in Bereavement & Loss .
What is the purpose of the Support Group?
The isolation associated with early pregnancy loss can be overwhelming. The National Maternity Hospital’s Early Pregnancy Support Group affords women and their partners a safe and confidential space to normalise their feelings and have their grief and loss validated. For some, there is a desperate need to talk to others who have experienced an early loss for others, comfort is gained from listening. It provides an opportunity to meet others who have experienced a similar type of loss and to share thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
When should I attend?
There is no right or wrong time to attend the NMH Early Pregnancy Loss support Group. Some of you may have experienced a loss recently while others may have had a loss some time ago. We understand that it can take a lot of courage to attend a support Group. You are welcome to bring a supportive friend/ family member. We do recommend however, that you allow yourself some time to process the loss before attending a meeting.
Dates for Support group
15th of June
No group in July or August
14th of Septmeber
12th of October
9th of November
- Support services
The Bereavement Midwives provide the following support services
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- Organise follow up care at the appropriate clinic where you will be seen by a senior Doctor/Consultant and the Clinical Midwife Specialist.
- Support for parents following any form of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.
- Advise and support regarding children's grief.
- Facilitate the planning of the medical investigations and clinic appointments for women experiencing three consecutive miscarriages.
- Practical & emotional support for families during pregnancy when a life limiting condition has been diagnosed.
- Support for families during pregnancy after loss
- Phone support
- Early pregnancy loss support group
To contact the Bereavement midwives phone 01-6373225 or email email@example.com
- Annual Remembrance Service
This service is held annually for the parents and their families whose babies have died at the National Maternity Hospital.
Sadly due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold The National Maternity Hospital’s annual remembrance service this year. On Sunday the 3rd of October at 3pm we will light candles in memory of all the babies who have died in the National Maternity Hospital and invite you to join us in lighting a candle in memory for your baby at home. You may also like to log onto our website www.nmh.ie on the 3rd of October to view a short reflection.
- Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance
..…every life that ever forms or ever comes to be touches the world in some small way for all eternity.....
Parents are invited to have their babies’ names entered in this book which is on view daily in the Hospital Oratory. Forms can be downloaded here and returned to the chaplain by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Bereavement Symbol
The National Maternity Hospital has introduced the bereavement symbol which was developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme. The symbol is inspired by ancient Irish history and is not associated with any one religious or denomination.
The sign will be placed outside the room as the aim is to make all staff aware that sensitivity is required, to create a quiet atmosphere and to minimise any unnecessary disturbance for a family who have experienced a bereavement.
- Other useful websites
Information regarding children and grief