Staff in the maternity unit at Peterborough City Hospital are working with a baby loss charity, run by bereaved mothers, thanks to a Spalding mum.
Lucy Twelves, whose daughter Darcey was stillborn in December 2011, has become a supporter of the charity Aching Arms, which provides teddy bears that have been donated in memory of another baby’s life to newly-bereaved mothers.
The bear is seen as a gift from one bereaved mother to another.
Lucy contacted Peterborough City Hospital’s bereavement midwife Lesley Carline to offer these special bears to the maternity service to help support other women who experience a pregnancy or baby loss.
So far she has donated 36 bears to the maternity service – all have been donated by women who have lost a baby.
She said: “The bears do bring some comfort and to know it has come from a mother who has experienced the same loss makes it all the more special.
“It is something you can keep forever, and maybe share with your other children, or family, when you are ready.”
Bereavement midwife Lesley Carline added: “I am really pleased to be working with Lucy and Aching Arms.
“Sadly we have already given bears to women, but I can see how they can help them get through such a devastating time.
“It is a lovely gesture and one that I hope will improve the support we give to women.”
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