From next week, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands will be making its memory boxes available free of charge to healthcare professionals and healthcare providers.
The boxes provide a place for parents to keep memories of their baby and an opportunity for healthcare professionals working with them to offer practical and emotional support.
“The cost will no longer be a barrier to healthcare professionals”
Memory boxes are also a “crucial first step” in the support offered by Sands to bereaved parents by reaching out at the initial moments of devastation and grief, noted the charity.
Dr Clea Harmer, chief executive of Sands, said: “When a baby dies the opportunity for parents to make and keep special memories can be a vital source of support and healing on their bereavement journey.
Nurses to be able to order free baby memory boxes from charity
“It’s therefore extremely important that Sands memory boxes are available free of charge to all,” she said.
“The cost will no longer be a barrier to healthcare professionals when ordering the boxes in the future,” she added.
A spokesman for the charity said: “The boxes were always free to parents but they cost the hospital £15-20 depending on contents.
“We’re making them free to the hospitals because we want every parent whose baby dies before, during or shortly after birth, to be able to create precious memories,” he added.
The free memory boxes can be ordered by healthcare professionals, hospitals and other healthcare providers directly from the Sands website from 1 October onwards.
Meanwhile, as part of its commitment to ensuring the needs of bereaved parents are being met, Sands said it was currently conducting a short survey of the contents of the charity’s memory boxes.
The charity is encouraging all healthcare professionals, bereaved parents and anyone else who has a connection to baby loss to take part.
Those wishing to take part should visit the survey website before midnight on the survey closing date on Tuesday 31 October 2017.