Bereaved parents to gather to remember their babies

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BEREAVED parents of children who lost their babies will remember their young ones later this month at a service in Doncaster.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospitals are holding their annual Special Memories Services and are inviting anyone affected by a pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death to attend either service.

The Doncaster service will be at the DRI’s outpatients department, near gate three, on Saturday, May 14 at 10.30am.

The trust which runs the hospital, the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will also hold a service at Bassetlaw Hospital in the Hospital Chapel on Monday, May 9 at 7pm.

A trust spokeswoman said: “For any parent or relative, the death of a baby is particularly distressing. There is great sadness for the little one, lost from the life of the family. Feelings of grief are often very intense.

“Parents who have experienced such a loss may appreciate the opportunity to remember their baby in a special way - to acknowledge that something important happened in their lives, and to be with others who have shared a similar experience.

“The purpose of each service is to set aside a little time to quietly remember these special babies, and to share special thoughts.

“Some parents come to remember a recent loss. Others come to remember a special baby who died many years ago. Some parents lost their baby at birth, others early in the pregnancy. All are welcome, whatever the circumstances.”

Call the bereavement midwives on 01302 381 365 or the hospital’s chaplaincy on 01302 381 484.