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Our Health Professional Advisors

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Bio – Health Professional Advisor (Bereavement Lead Midwife)

Sam Collinge is Bereavement Lead Midwife (George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust) and Co-Lead and author of the Independent Pregnancy Loss Review.

Sam qualified as a midwife in 1990 and was a sister on the neonatal unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust until she was appointed as a bereavement midwife in 1998.

It was through her work on the neonatal unit that she became aware of the need to better support families whose babies sadly died on the unit and in particular the families of twins and higher multiples where one or more babies had died and was awarded the RCM (Royal College of Midwives) award for excellence in bereavement care in 2015 for her sensitive photography project ‘Forever Photos’.
 

Since then she has campaigned for a standardised care pathway that ensures that every parent experiencing baby loss (regardless of the gestation or type of loss) receives the physical and emotional care and support they deserve and has been involved at a national level as a member of the APPG baby loss and as an advisor on the development of the National Bereavement Care Pathway. 


She continues to work with the Government to implement the remainder of the recommendations as part of the ‘Pregnancy Loss Reviews Oversight group’.

Sam says -
“The Pregnancy Loss Review which was published in July 2023 made 73 recommendations for improving care for bereaved families and offers a real opportunity to change the landscape of pre-24 week loss and I feel enormously privileged to have co-led this piece of work”.

You can find the full report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pregnancy-loss-review

“Miscarriage and other types of pre-24 weeks baby loss is often minimised and treated as a “clinical event“ or “just one of those things” rather than the loss of a baby and sadly the emotional impact of the loss is often disregarded”.

“One of the reports first recommendations to be implemented was the introduction of a national certificate of baby loss which was launched in February 2024 and will give bereaved parents the official recognition that their babies did exist and that their babies lives, however brief, really do matter”.

Parents who lose one or more babies before 24-weeks can request a certificate here: https://www.gov.uk/request-baby-loss-certificate
 

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