We have been awarded the status of "Rainbow Nursery' by the Foundation for Infancy Loss
Below is the editorial published by the Chester Chronicle a few weeks ago.
Guilden Sutton Day Nursery is a family run nursery that first opened its doors in September 1998. The rural village nursery offers care for children from 6 months to 5 years, before and after school care within local village schools and holiday care within Airbus UK.
The nursery has been raising funds and supporting Chester Miscarriage and Baby Loss Support Group for several years and took the decision to become a ‘Rainbow Nursery’ earlier this year.
The ‘Rainbow Nursery Scheme’ was set up by The Foundation For Infancy Loss who explain “We receive hundreds of calls and emails from bereaved parents on a weekly basis and we have seen an increase in parents contacting us asking for recommended childcare who have had subsequent pregnancies after loss. Unsurprisingly, parents can be highly anxious. We have therefore decided to set up our “Rainbow Nurseries” scheme so that we can recommend nurseries to parents.”
In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth. The rate of parents who need support with depression and anxiety after a loss has risen to 1 in 10.
Manager Cat Hirst shares why this scheme has been a passion of hers
“A child starting nursery can be an anxious time for any parent but when a parent has been through the loss of a baby that anxiety and worry can increase and often extra support is needed. I wanted to know that my team were equipped and ready to offer that support to the family for the time they are with us.”
In 2016 Cat herself had three pregnancies, which unfortunately ended in miscarriage before her Rainbow Baby was born in 2017.
A rainbow baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death in infancy. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what’s to come.
Guilden Sutton Day Nursery hopes that other nurseries will follow their lead in increasing the support available to families and their Rainbow Babies.
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