We are involved in many training and education sessions within the hospitals that we support, St John’s, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Borders General Hospital, as well as local Universities. We believe training and education is the key to making sure families receive the best support at the time their baby dies and it is essential that professionals are given the training to explore how best to support parents at this devastating time.
We are also involved in teaching sessions with 4th year medical students at Edinburgh University. This is an extremely valuable insight into the experience of perinatal death for the medical students. A bereaved parent shares their story during this session which the students find very moving and insightful. Please email or call the office on 0131 622 6263 if you would like to be involved in this training.
We also offer students midwife placements as part of their final year studies. During this time, students attend our monthly group meetings to chat to families; meet parents one to one with a range of different experiences; visit local crematoriums and speak to staff from NHS Lothian, pathology and mortuary to gain as much insight as they can to provide the best care to families when they are qualified.
We offer small information sessions for Adult Nursing Students whilst on placement to gain an overview of the services we offer and during their visit, we will share with them a parent’s story and discuss the impact baby loss has. Please email or call us on 0131 622 6263 to organise a visit.