Hospitals to introduce ultrasound images for women who suffer early miscarriages
The new policy is to be introduced in parts of the UK.
Hospitals in the areas of Hull and East Yorkshire will offer women who suffer miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy ultrasound images of their babies.
The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have already introduced the ‘Forget Me Not’ memory boxes for women who’ve lost children in the early stages of pregnancy to help them cope with the grief.
“We understand and appreciate how difficult it is for parents to lose a child, regardless of when that occurs in a pregnancy,” chief medical officer Kevin Phillips said of the new policy.
“We are determined to offer compassionate care to every woman and this new service is part of the work we are undertaking to support women miscarrying in the first few weeks.
“Some women will want to keep an image of their baby and, where that is possible and the image can be picked up by the sonographer on the ultrasound, we will be able to provide that service.”
The introduction of the memory boxes is not a new initiative, however, offering them to women who lost children in the first weeks of pregnancy was only introduced last year.
The boxes include things like forget-me-not flower seeds to plant, a journal and a memorial certificate to mark the day the pregnancy was lost.
Now, women will also be able to avail of sonogram images where possible.