Maternity team welcomes senior NMC advisor Donna Ockenden

Thumb print leaves in memory of baby loss As part of a series of visits to hospitals in the south west Donna Ockenden met the team based at Derriford Hospital today, Monday 14th October.

Sue Wilkins, Director of Midwifery and Associate Director of Nursing, said: “We were delighted to welcome Donna. Whilst visiting she had the opportunity to meet with many of the maternity team and look at the plans for our intended bereavement area.”

Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9 to 15 October every year. It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who have died. It is is led by Sands in collaboration with over 60 charities in the UK.

The week provides an opportunity:

  • for bereaved parents and families across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives
  • to break the silence around pregnancy or baby loss in the UK
  • to ensure all bereaved parents in the UK get the best possible care, wherever they live, when they need it

As part of the week Derriford Hospital joined a number of national landmarks in being illuminated pink and blue.


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