There are sadly quite a few practical matters to consider following the loss of your baby.
We have created this section to try and give you some guidance to hopefully make some of these aspects easier to handle.
The decision about whether to consent to a post-mortem is often a very upsetting one and is difficult to comprehend and come to terms with. The medical professionals supporting you will be able to give you advice and guidance to help you with the decision and any paperwork that results. We are available for any support or difficult questions you may have.
Here in Harrogate, the hospital has an arrangement with the local Co-Operative Funeral Care for the organising of funerals for stillborn babies. In our experience, the Co-Op does a fantastic job of supporting parents and families through this difficult time and making things go as smoothly as possible. Of course, it is your choice as to whether or not you wish to hold a funeral, and the bereavement midwife will be able to support you in your decision-making and answer questions you might have. We are also available to support or guide you if you need us.
Rights and Benefits
Whilst it is probably the last thing on your mind after losing your precious baby, there are a number of practical aspects that either remain in place or become active, such as free prescriptions and maternity leave.
The bereavement midwife will be able to guide you with much of this and we are also available to help advise you too.
Returning to Work
With so many things going on, this may either be at the forefront of your thinking, not even in your mind or somewhere in between.
This is a practical, emotional, and often also financial, issue and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to the questions surrounding it. It’s perfectly normal to have fears about returning to work after a loss, and Our Angels will provide you with whatever support we can to help you prepare for this significant step.One of our aims in 2016 is to sit down with parents preparing to go back to work and chat with them about different aspects of their expectations of returning to work. At that point, we’re then able to provide employers with an insight into the way individuals want to be supported in their work environment on returning to work.
We also now have a small booklet of thoughts and reflections that can provide some comfort once back into work.
Further Information leaflets available to you from SANDS