Following the recent launch of baby loss organisation Cradle’s Oxfordshire branch, Freeths’ Katie Shaw and Sophie Hazell were proud to attend a coffee morning in Witney, Oxfordshire, to learn more about Cradle and the important work it does.  

Cradle is an organisation committed to raising awareness and providing support for people who have suffered early pregnancy loss (during the first and second trimesters). They are currently establishing a branch in Oxfordshire, led by Emma Orpwood. Cradle aims to remind us that 1 in 4 reported pregnancies end in baby loss and that we all need to talk about it. 


A large part of what Cradle does is visit hospitals and provide women who are going through pregnancy loss with comfort bags, which include toiletries, toothbrushes, and other practical items. Pregnancy loss can happen at any time, so most women are not prepared to spend a few days in hospital when they get there. These comfort bags are made possible through donations and can make a real difference to women’s experience in hospital.  

Cradle also encloses helpful sign-posting leaflets with their comfort bags, written in the style of a letter. This touching addition lets the grieving mother know that she is not alone and that there are services and groups she can access for support. 

 

Sophie Hazell tells us more about the event:


In the tearoom of a local landmark, we greeted Emma and other attendees amidst the busy hum of other customers, with our toiletry donations in hand. Emma warmly invited us to sit down and poured us drinks. 


We soon got chatting around the table in a friendly open atmosphere. Women at the table spoke openly and bravely about their experiences of baby loss and the reason why they had attended the coffee morning. 

 

A particularly enlightening topic of conversation was how powerful language choices can be when talking about baby loss. Words like “foetus”, “death”, and even “spontaneous abortion” – the clinical term for miscarriage – are often not helpful for those suffering the pain of loss. One attendee admitted that she could not even say the word ‘miscarriage’ for a very long period afterwards.  

Despite the seriousness and trauma associated with baby loss, the conversation was open and matter-of-fact which was, in its own way, uplifting to listen to and participate in. Cradle are clearly committed to educating and supporting in equal measure and hopefully speaking openly about baby loss will enable us all to better support those who are going through it.”

 

Cradle are in the process of registering as a charity to enable them to accept donations and voluntary services. As the organisation grows we hope that many more women who experience baby loss are able to benefit from the kindness and support which Cradle provides.


To find out more, visit Cradle's fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cradle 


When things go wrong

If you have suffered the loss of a baby, and you have concerns about your treatment, Freeths have a national team of lawyers who offer compassionate and confidential legal advice. 


The clinical negligence team in Oxford and Milton Keynes is led by partner Carolyn Lowe, who together with the wider team, has specialist expertise in clinical negligence cases surrounding baby loss and stillbirth. Please contact our team on 01865 781000 or Carolyn directly on 01865 781019 / carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk for a free and confidential discussion. 

The Freeths Clinical Negligence department is headed by:

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke on Trent/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5677 karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Jane Williams, Partner (Leicester/Nottingham) on 0845 272 5724 jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

For further information please also visit our website at: http://www.freeths.co.uk/legal-services/individuals/clinical-negligence/