The death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy is a devastating experience. The Honeysuckle Team at Liverpool Women’s Hospital work to help people through miscarriage, stillbirth and early neonatal death.
Other women and families have shared their views about the support they needed, and helped sure the services work better for others it happens to.
Healthwatch Liverpool nominated the Honeysuckle Team for an It Starts With You award, celebrated as part of the Healthwatch Network Awards. They put the team forward for the award because of its dedication to putting people with first-hand experience of an issue at the heart of improvements to a service, and to helping people cope with their grief together.
The Honeysuckle Team hosts a monthly support group and a closed Facebook group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby. They also host quarterly support events, such as a picnic in the park to help families create positive memories, whilst remembering their loved ones.
Thanks to the women and families who spoke up about what they need at this time – as well as the Honeysuckle staff and volunteers - more people in Liverpool are getting the support they need.
The more that people share their ideas, experiences and concerns about NHS and social care, the more services can understand when improvements are needed. But, to make the biggest difference, we need to hear from more people.
You can make a difference. Share your experience with your local Healthwatch and help make services better for your community. It starts with you.
The charity was nominated for an It Starts With You award, celebrated as part of the annual Healthwatch Network Awards.