The Baby Bereavement Groups at Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals are comprised of a voluntary team of midwives and maternity care assistants who are working to change the way bereaved couples are cared for.
Families who have suffered a loss of a baby, whatever stage of pregnancy are invited to attend the Baby Bereavement Support Group; this is held monthly at Ipswich Hospital. The group are encouraged to share their feelings and experiences in a confidential and supportive environment. There is also a play group each month for those who have children to meet with other families who have also suffered loss.
Precious babies remembrance services
Once a year in October we hold a remembering Precious Babies service. Details for the 2019 are:
7.30pm, Thursday 10 October
The Ark Methodist Church
Jack Andrews Drive, Colchester CO4 9FF
3pm, Sunday 13 October
St Michael & All Angels Church
The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL
Prayers are said and each baby is remembered with the lighting of a candle, the service is followed by refreshments. This service is for anyone who has suffered a loss of a baby recently or in the past.
Tree of Remembrance
The Tree of Rememberance in Holywells Park, Ipswich was purchased in 2016 to offer local bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way. Each leaf is engraved with the name, date of birth and a short message for a baby lost in pregnancy or the neonatal period. The leaves are paid for from public donations and fundraising by the Baby Bereavement Support Group. There is no charge for the leaves (which are £40 each) but all donations to subsidise the cost are gratefully received.
To apply for a leaf on the Tree of Remembrance, please click here.
Join the group
The Ipswich Hospital Baby Bereavement Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month (7-9pm) in the Parentcraft room at Ipswich Hospital to share and support grieving families. No need to make an appointment, just come along.
For up to date information about all our groups and services, please visit our facebook page.
Your support makes a difference
We rely on support to help make the service for bereaved parents even better and so through donations and fundraising we have been able to purchase items to help these families. So far we have been able to fund a Quiet Room, so families can have a private delivery with extra home comforts. Memory Boxes are given so families can create and store some memories of their baby and specialist cuddle cots allowing families to remain together for longer after birth.