Midwives have praised the dedication of a couple setting out to fund-raise £25,000 for the maternity unit which supported them through the tragic stillbirth of their son.
Spencer Davies and partner Rachael Marsden are raising cash to soundproof two delivery suites in Royal Preston Hospital as a lasting legacy for baby Thomas.
The couple, from Euxton, found out Thomas Edward’s heart had stopped in the final few weeks of Rachael’s pregnancy, in March this year. Their second son was delivered stillborn at the Sharoe Green maternity unit on March 17.
But their heartache was compounded when Rachael had to endure hearing the sound of newborn babies’ cries filtering through to her room from other parts of the ward.
Now, as couple run the Little Ted’s Room appeal, midwives have told of their admiration for the grieving couple’s efforts.
Senior midwife Emma Gornall, a practice educator, told of both her admiration and appreciation of the couple’s work.
She said: “For them to have been through such a trauma and want to come back to do this for us is just amazing.
“Their kindness is so appreciated when they’ve suffered such a tragedy.
“The sound of babies crying is very distressing for grieving mothers.
“Hearing those sounds is just another sadness on top of such a sad situation.
For them to have been through such a trauma and want to come back to do this for us is just amazing.Emma Gornall
“We do the best we can and try to keep the room next to them empty.
“Having the rooms soundproofed will be fantastic, it will have an amazing effect, even for families who aren’t bereaved.”
Two rooms, both rooms that are further away from the rest of the ward, will be soundproofed, using money donated to the Baby Beat Appeal charity based in the maternity unit.
Mrs Gornall explained the shocking statistics of stillbirth – around ten babies a day die in the UK.
She added: “It’s generally not something that’s talked about.
“But we see it perhaps every month, so we’re really grateful for what this campaign will do to raise awareness as well.”
Cathy Atherton, head of midwifery at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We fully support the Little Ted’s appeal and we really appreciate Rachael and Spencer’s efforts to fundraise for our maternity unit.
“We have been working with Spencer to make sure that this important addition to our service can be put in place. Providing the best possible experience for all parents is paramount to us.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/littletedsroom