March 2021 Update
Grant P Cumming, member of Scottish Early Pregnancy Network and Project Partner for Ritual Respect
Each woman’s experience and way of coping with loss following miscarriage is unique. Ritual Respect is a collaborative project which uses co-designing to inform ways to support health professionals and empower women to approach wellbeing around miscarriage from a person-centred perspective.
February 2021 update
Jen Coates, Director of Bereavement Support and Volunteering, Sands
& Nicola Welsh, Chief Executive, Held in Our Hearts
The lockdown has exacerbated the crushing loneliness and social isolation that bereaved parents often feel. Support organisations have adapted to ensure everyone has safe space, where they are offered them compassion and reassurance.
January 2021 update
Charlotte Bevan, Senior Research and Prevention Advisor Sands
Listening to parents’ views through Perinatal Mortality Reviews is an important aspect of bereavement care for every individual parent. The process will help them understand why their baby died, and may shed light on aspects of clinical and emotional care not recorded in the mother’s medical notes.
December 2020 update
Dr Marjory MacLean, Scottish Early Pregnancy Network
How could we give more thought to the physical journey women and partners experiencing loss make between clinics, units and departments? Are we being sensitive to what it feels like to make every step of that journey?
November 2020 update
Emma Currer, Royal College of Midwives National Officer for Scotland
These are challenging times for everyone and in maternity care especially for parents experiencing pregnancy loss or the death of their baby and the staff caring for them. Even now, we can all put our ‘improvement’ glasses on.
October 2020 update
Clea Harmer, Sands Chief Executive
Since the spring Sands has continued to work collaboratively with other baby loss charities, the Royal Colleges, Scottish Government and bereaved parents. Our 5 early adopter Boards - NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Grampian and NHS Lothian - began working with the pathways in March this year.