Some additional facts, links, hints and tips which we hope you will find useful:
Friends of Loveridge
- Friends of Loveridge Charity was set up to raise funds to buy essential equipment for Loveridge, Maternity Ward and to help improve the facilities for all parents and families to use. The Charity also supports the network of Bailiwick Maternity Voices Group, the parent and professional forum that oversees maternity services.
- The Charity is committed to helping women birth in an environment that is peaceful and comforting during both labour and birth. We would like to make that transition from bump to baby, from pregnancy to parents as smooth, enjoyable and comfortable as we can. The Charity was instrumental in purchasing the permanent Birthing Pool in the Lavender Suite, along with many other elements of the ward that help to make your stay comfortable and safe.
- If you or your family have used Loveridge Ward and would like to make a donation you can make a payment by BACS to Friends of Loveridge, sort code 30-93-73, Account No - 28405860. Please email with your details so that your generosity can be acknowledged - all donations are very gratefully received. Please email us if you would prefer to send a cheque, or would like to set up an event at your place of work to support Loveridge Ward.
- Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailiwick Maternity Voice Group [BMV]
- The BMV is a dedicated committee made up of local user representatives and healthcare professionals, advising on the care provided to women, their partners, families and their babies, during pregnancy, birth and in the weeks after the baby's arrival.
- Our mission is to give Bailiwick families a voice to help our maternity experiences become the very best
Support for Families who have lost a baby
- Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy is heart-breaking. Every family's experience is individual and their circumstances are different, but the death of a baby is a very distressing experience and one that is generally unexpected. Losing a baby brings grief that is much deeper than you may have ever experienced before and can last much longer than most people expect. There is no time limit to grief, so take it one day at a time. We have a dedicated Bereavement Midwife but all of our Midwives are trained in Bereavement care, so they can support you through your labour and birth and aftercare.
- Our team are here to provide you with compassionate and individualized care. We can help and guide you to make memories and spend time with your baby. If you wish, you may have contact with our Bereavement Midwife throughout your stay whilst in hospital. She is here to offer you, your partner/husband and family emotional and practical support following your loss. She is also here for additional support for the Midwives. The Bereavement Midwife can also visit you when you go home.
- Bereavement Midwife - Shelley Blake - Shelley.Blake@gov.gg Tel 01481 707377
- We also have an excellent book available entitled 'Saying Goodbye by Zoe Clark-Coates https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/ a copy can be obtained from Loveridge Ward or The Ivy Trust
- Support is also available from:
- The Ivy Trust are a local charity who provide practical and emotional support. They furnished our bereavement room on Loveridge Ward and provide our memory boxes and bags. They also have a garden of remembrance at the hospital. Email: email@example.com and http://www.theivytrust.org/
- Guernsey Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) is part of a nationwide network of local groups to provide emotional support, practical help and care to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth of shortly afterwards. Tel: +44 (0) 7911 715973,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.guernseysands.org.gg/
- The Guernsey Bereavement Service provides emotional support to adults (over 16 years of age) who are struggling to cope with a significant loss, usually, but not always a death. This support can take the form of one-to-one, group or telephone support. Tel - 257778, Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.guernseybereavementservice.com
- The Sunflower Project - A Barnardo's service which aims to enable children and young people experiencing a bereavement or serious illness in the family to come to terms with their situation and move positively forward with their lives by improving their emotional wellbeing. Tel: 01481 724421 http://thehub.gg/our-support.html
- The Samaritans are a local and national support helpline, they can offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever's getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal 01481 715515 [local charges apply]
- National telephone 116 123 [this number is free to call]
- Email Samaritans: email@example.com
- The miscarriage association provide support and information for anyone affected by pregnancy loss www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
- Tel 01924 200799
- Please remember you are not alone. We are here to help and guide you through what can be a deeply traumatic time.