The charities we want to support in Poppy’s name either help parents during or after the loss of their child; or they research ways to try to prevent baby loss across all levels.
Quite simple. They fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. They truly believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. They want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies. They also have a Rainbow Baby clinic to help families going through pregnancy after loss.
They have supported us after we lost Poppy, during Emily’s pregnancy with Reuben and with life with Reuben. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life-shortening conditions and their entire families. They also have a Dad’s only meeting for Dad’s that have suffered the loss of a child. They also run a Rainbow baby group every month.
If you have sadly gone through baby loss you will have been touched by 4Louis. They have memory boxes in hospitals all over the country. They support families in hospitals in various ways. In our own experience the family room in the Neo-Natal Unit at the LGI in Leeds was funded by 4Louis. This room allowed us to have precious time as a family with Poppy and allowed Emily and I to be together and close to Poppy.
Aching Arms raises awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and brings comfort to bereaved parents and their families. We provide Aching Arms comfort bears to hospitals for midwives to give to newly bereaved mothers and fathers. We reach out to those who contact us via our website, email, Twitter and Facebook and post bears directly to families.
Embrace is a highly specialist, round-the-clock transport service for critically ill infants and children in Yorkshire and the Humber who require care in another hospital in the region or further afield. They transferred Poppy to Leeds and their level of care to her and us was incredible.