Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has appointed its first ever bereavement midwife.
The trust said Nick Kerry was bringing with her a wealth of experience, compassion and support for women who lose their babies at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals.
“I provide that immediate support and also follow them up once they have been discharged”
She said: “I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to set up a new service for the trust’s three hospitals. The loss of a baby is a devastating blow for women, shattering their hopes and dreams. My aim is to provide the vital compassion, care and information these families need.”
Ms Kerry, who has worked as a midwife for nearly eight years, decided to focus on providing bereavement support after her best friend experienced the loss of her baby.
“The care she received giving birth was great but after her little girl was delivered not one member of staff gave her any support, no one talked to her about how to say her goodbyes, there were no opportunities offered for keepsakes or making memories,” she said. “There was nothing.
“My aim is simple; to make sure every woman receives the care and support she requires and to help provide a chance to make lasting memories,” said Ms Kerry.
“Women come into hospital and the one thing they have longed for and cherished has been taken away from them. I provide that immediate support and also follow them up once they have been discharged,” she said.
Hospital trust appoints its first ever bereavement midwife
She added: “I am also on hand for those women who have subsequent pregnancies. Having lost one or multiple babies, pregnancy can be a terrifying time. I will be with them every step of the way.”
Ms Kerry trained at Oxfordshire University where she completed a BSc in Midwifery before moving to South Yorkshire to work as a community and hospital-based midwife.
She has also been instrumental in developing the national care pathway for women who experience a bereavement as a midwife advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for baby loss. The guidelines are currently being piloted.
She added: “Whether it is a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or sudden infant death syndrome, losing a baby can have a lasting and devastating impact.
“I can never take that experience away but I can help them through such a traumatic experience,” she noted.
When not caring for patients and their families, Ms Kerry will be providing an education programme for doctors, midwives and students.