The loss of a baby, whether expected or unexpected, is devastating. The challenge of navigating the health system and trying to find support can add to the burden for bereaved families. Caring for Yourself After the Loss of Your Baby is part of a suite of resources designed to provide support to families experiencing loss at BC Women's.
Developed in partnership by the Maternal Newborn Program and the Department of Population Health Promotion, this booklet is designed as a compliment to the webpage, After the loss of your baby, on bcwomens.ca. The booklet Caring for Yourself After the Loss of Your Baby will be given out in hospital, with encouragement to visit the website for further information as bereaved families transition through the stages of grief and loss during their postpartum period.
Healthcare providers from across BC Women's and Perinatal Services BC were consulted to ensure the booklet was relevant and appropriate and bereaved parents were engaged to review the content and provide input.
Barbara Lucas, Perinatal Social Worker at BC Women's states, "Caring for Yourself After the Loss of Your Baby provides an easily accessible list of important resources for parents both within the hospital and in the community. During a time when little makes sense, this booklet will help parents find answers to questions, locate vital resources and receive compassionate support as they grieve and heal after a loss."
Frances Jones, Program Coordinator, BC Women's Lactation Service and the Provincial Milk Bank says, "support and education on lactation after the loss of a child is important. Grieving mothers need information in order to make the best decision for themselves - whether to donate or dry up their milk. It is a decision that is as unique as each individual."
Congratulations all the providers involved in the development of this important resource. Special thanks to the bereaved families who provided feedback on the content in memory of their babies.