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MGL Group's Support Paves the Way for New Maternity Bereavement Suite

A new birthing and bereavement suite was officially opened at University Hospital of North Durham. MGL Group supported the special project with a £10,000 donation from the MGL Foundation Trust.

Developed in collaboration with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) Charity and 4Louis, a charity aiding those affected by child loss, the Serenity Suite offers crucial support to parents who have experienced or are likely to soon experience pregnancy loss from 18 weeks gestation.

The soundproofed suite adjoins to a delivery room and offers a supportive environment for families facing miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss. Strategically positioned near the labour ward, it ensures continuous care for mothers during labour and birth, in circumstances where the baby is known to have died before labour.

Providing a comfortable and non-clinical space for parents to spend time with their baby while preparing to say goodbye, it features amenities like an en-suite wet room, a double bed, dining table and chairs, comfortable seating and homely touches. Families also have exclusive access to an adjourning kitchen with kettle, fridge and microwave.

While no facilities can lessen the grief and anguish bereaved parents may feel, this well-designed bereavement suite ensures that appropriate care is delivered in the most sensitive environment possible.

Former matron Linda Ibbetson, CDDFT Charity development manager Pat Chambers, and Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership lead Cathy Harvey officially opened the suite on Tuesday 27th February. Our support underscores our commitment to the local community and our dedication to providing vital resources for local people during an immensely difficult time.

We are grateful to MGL Group for the donation from the MGL Foundation Trust which has helped us to deliver The Serenity Suite, an important facility which will provide comfort, dignity, and support during an unimaginably challenging period.

Paula Parnaby, Fundraising Officer, 4Louis

We are so very grateful to 4Louis for their help and support throughout this project. And a huge thank you to MGL Group for such a generous donation towards the Serenity Suite. Thank you for helping us to achieve such an outstanding facility for families here at University Hospital of North Durham.

Pat Chambers Charity Development Manager

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