Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy can have a profound effect and emotional impact on families. Bereavement support is available from our maternity teams and Swan Bereavement Team to help provide you and your family with practical and emotional support following the loss of your child.
The emotional impact of pregnancy loss can be felt immediately, however for some women this can be felt several weeks after. Many women may go through a bereavement period and require some support outside of their family bubble.
Women and partners alike, through this bereavement period may experience symptoms such as:
- Feeling tired
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
All these symptoms are a normal part of the bereavement process when dealing with grief. It is important to also remember that different people grieve in different ways. Some women may find it helpful to discuss their pregnancy loss, while other women may find this too painful.
Pregnancy loss can also cause feelings of anxiety or depression which in turn may lead to a breakdown of communication within a relationship.
Men and pregnancy loss
We are aware that men may also be affected by pregnancy loss. It is common for men to find it hard to express their emotions, as they feel they need to be strong and support the mother. As a result, it is extremely important to try and have an open discussion on how you are both feeling.
There is support available to help you, your partner and your family deal with your loss. Our Gynaecology Assessment Unit (GAU) has two experienced early pregnancy specialist nurses who as part of their role provide bereavement support for women who experience pregnancy loss.
If you wish to speak with one of our specialist nurses following your loss, you can contact them by ringing 0161 627 8855.
Do be aware that this number may go straight to a private voicemail if they are busy, however, if you leave your name and phone number they will contact you as soon as possible.
Telephone support clinic
You will be offered a telephone appointment at our pregnancy loss support clinic. This will be with an early pregnancy specialist nurse to provide you with support and advice following your miscarriage.
Swan Bereavement Centre – Oldham
The service performs a variety of administrative functions following the death of a patient. For example, it arranges for the issuing of the Medical Cause of Death Certificate and other bereavement related paperwork to the next of kin and liaises with outside agencies. The team can provide a wide range of advice and support to bereaved families. You can contact the centre by calling 0161 627 8321 or by e-mail at: Oldham.Bereavementoffice@pat.nhs.uk.
Monday to Friday 08:30 till 16:30 (closed weekend & Bank holidays).
The Swan Bereavement Centre is located near Fountain Gardens near the Education Centre/Chapel. Bereavement parking is available.
Bereavement Advice and Support
Early Pregnancy Specialist Nurse, GAU, The Royal Oldham Hospital
Hospital Spiritual and Emotional Team
Telephone: 0161 778 5259
Gynaecology Assessment Unit - The Royal Oldham Hospital
Telephone: 0161 627 8855
Your own GP
They often have access to local counselling services.
The Miscarriage Association (miscarriageassociation.org.uk)
Information and support can be offered to both partners. A telephone helpline (01924 200799) is available Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm.
Bereavement Advice and Support
National and local support organisations
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miscarriage Association - email@example.com
Child Bereavement UK - childbereavementuk.org
Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) - arc-uk.org
Mariposa Trust - www.mariposatrust.org
NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk
Patient Information Leaflets
Support and Information you may need when your baby has died before being born
Baby Memorial Services
Each year, the Northern Care Alliance hosts a Baby Memorial Service offering families the opportunity to pause, reflect and remember your loss.
This year’s Baby Memorial Service in Oldham will take place on Thursday 13 October 2022 at 7pm in the Education Centre.
For further information, please contact the Spiritual Care Team on: 0161 627 8796 or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.