Perinatal Service

Derian House Perinatal Service helps families whose baby may have been given an uncertain or life-limiting diagnosis.

This diagnosis can leave families with feelings of anxiety, fear and the need for some extra support.

Currently we work with hospitals across the North West in ensuring that families are given support and guidance in a time they so desperately need it. The Perinatal Team will attend meetings within the hospitals to discuss possible referrals and gain as much information needed.

Referrals often start when a mum is pregnant and she has found out there is sadly something wrong with her baby. However, that is not always the case and sometimes things go wrong during or after birth when conditions haven’t been picked up on during pregnancy.

Sometimes, our support includes a shoulder to cry on but mostly it’s someone to give them informed choices about their baby who has a high probability of dying. These informed choices include preferred place of care, whether they want their baby to be resuscitated if they became unwell and funeral preferences.

The Perinatal Team work closely with the Derian House Family Support Team offering joint antenatal visits to ensure families are given all the information they may need.

If requested our team can attend antenatal appointments and scans with families and meetings held by neonatal consultants to act as an advocate for families. The teams will also work closely together with the bereavement midwives within the hospitals when sadly a mum loses her baby before it is born.

The Perinatal Team’s professional relationships with clinical teams across antenatal and midwifery units as well as the neonatal units ensure there is a smooth transition to whichever destination the family choose for their baby. This can include remaining on the neonatal unit, coming to Derian House (including the use of the Sunflower Room and family flats) or going home where they will have access to specialist palliative and end of life care nurses and 24/7 on call services.

Our Derian at Home Respite Service enables families to have the much needed rest, they can do everyday things such as going for a rest or nipping to the shop. We will spend time with the baby at home, completing play activities with them and meeting their individual needs.

If you would like to speak to one of our Perinatal Team call 01257 233300