Maternity Bereavement Support
Bereavement Support midwife
The death of a baby at any time during pregnancy can cause great sadness for a woman and her family.
We would like to extend our sympathy to you, your partner and your family at this difficult time.
The Bereavement Support Midwife provides extra support to women and families who have experienced a loss at any stage while being cared for by our maternity, gynaecology, neonatal and community services.
If you would like the support of the Bereavement support midwife you can refer yourself or alternatively, you can ask your midwife, nurse, community midwife, health visitor or GP to refer you to the service. The Bereavement Support Midwife will respond by telephone to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.
The Butterfly Group
The Butterfly Group has been set up within maternity services in the Northern Trust. The group brings together parents who have experienced a loss (through miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death) with staff to work towards improving maternity services and bereavement care for families. This is not a support group; however, some people may find that making a positive contribution to service change is helpful to them.
We meet to give feedback to staff and work with them to find ways to improve the service.
We are always interested to hear the views of bereaved parents-both the good experiences and the things that need to be improved on. If you would like to attend the next meeting you can contact us by telephone, email, or post.
Teenage Pregnancy Midwife
At the NHSCT we have a dedicated Young Parent’s Midwife, who specialises in the care of young mums aged 19 and under. She will support and advise you throughout your pregnancy.
If you live in the Causeway area, the Young Parent’s Midwife will see you both at home and at the clinic in the Causeway Hospital
If you live in the Ballymena or Antrim area, the Young Parent’s Midwife will see you at home or at the antenatal clinic in Ballymena Health and Care Centre or Antrim Hospital.
For all young parents in the trust, the Young Parent’s Midwife is available for advice and support through a texting service.
Young Parent Education Classes
The Young Parent’s Midwife runs group and one-to-one antenatal classes to provide young parents with support in the following areas:
- Signs and stages of labour
- Pain relief and relaxation
- Feeding your baby
- Making a birth plan
- Tour of the labour ward