Shutting out pain for tragic mums

Pauline Canning

Pauline Canning

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A delivery room specially created for mothers undergoing still birth at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been improved in a bid to ease the trauma faced by the women who use it.

The room, called the Oasis Suite at the Vic’s Women and Children’s unit, has been soundproofed so upset women won’t hear newborn babies during their own deliveries.

The soundproofing work was funded by two Blackpool families who had lost babies and wanted to raise money in their memories.

They donated £2,133 through the stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS in Blackpool.

Its chairman, Helen Cooper, said: “It is a comfort to know that mums will have a safe and private environment where they can go through the experience of losing a baby without having added interruptions that may not be appropriate at the time.

“You want the process to be as peaceful as possible. Privacy is important to mums going through such a tragic time, the last thing they want is to hear women having live births when your experience is not a happy occasion.”

Money has also been donated through Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ charitable fund Blue Skies for the furniture in the Oasis Suite.

Pauline Canning, newborn midwife at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This work will give more privacy, confidentiality and respect for the patients.

“We are grateful to both SANDS who have donated the funds for soundproofing and to Blue Skies who have donated cash to help us improve the furnishings in the room to make the environment more comforting.”

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