New bundles have been launched by a hospital trust with the aim of supporting new parents after the birth of a so-called “rainbow baby”, in the wake of a previous bereavement.
Hospitals in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have begun distributing the “rainbow bundles” to support parents in their next pregnancy following the loss of a baby.
“Families who’ve faced previous loss don’t want to tempt fate by buying baby cloths and nappies”
The trust noted that a “rainbow baby” was one born following an earlier stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss and that families often found it hard to prepare due to the fear of a further loss.
The trust’s charity, the Health Tree Foundation (HTF), has now granted funds to create the bundles for every “rainbow baby” born at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals.
The rainbow bundles will include baby’s vests, baby grows, nappies cotton wool and hand-crafted rainbow hats and blankets.
Trust bereavement midwife Nicola Kerry said: “They provide babies first physical needs, nappies clothes etc, as families who’ve faced previous loss don’t want to tempt fate by buying baby cloths and nappies they prepare for heart break as a kind of ‘self-preservation’.
“The pregnancy isn’t necessarily a happy time, often it’s filled with anxiety and worry about what will happen and often mums avoid the excitement of shopping and making plans and preparations because the last time those hopes, dreams and expectations were shattered,” she noted.
She added: “We hope to remove the initial stress on families when their babies are born healthy and happy when they haven’t prepared.”
The Health Tree Foundation is also appealing for the local community in North Lincolnshire to support the initiative and help create rainbow items for the bundles.
Its community champion Hayley Thompson said: “When we first heard about the idea of the rainbow bundles, we knew we had to be involved.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public so far and would like to say a huge thank you everyone who has helped created the rainbow items,” she said.