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Local mum praises NHS staff for support received after her baby died
09 January 2015

Local mum praises NHS staff for support received after her baby died

Louise Walters’ son, Soul George Jackson (pictured here), died due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 2012 and is helping to front a safer sleeping campaign in conjunction with the NHS and West Sussex County Council.

Louise received a great deal of support from the Sussex Community NHS Trust and The Lullaby Trust in the wake of Soul’s death; continuing when she gave birth to her baby, Bella, in January 2014, after being placed on the Care of the Next Infant (CONI) Programme.

“St Richard’s Hospital, were absolutely brilliant. They knew the situation…and bless her it was the midwife’s first time and she got me! She was so reassuring and told me I could stay as long as I needed, until I had my confidence back and knew I was going to be OK when I went home” said Louise.

“I also wouldn’t have got through the experience of Soul’s death, without the care and support of Annette Lawrance-Owen, Specialist Nurse from Sussex Community NHS Trust; she was there for me every step of the way”.

After Bella was born, Louise received, initially, weekly support from her health visitor, Elaine Cadogan and team as part of the CONI programme.

The campaign seeks to highlight the wealth of free advice and information available to parents, secondary carers and professionals through the Lullaby Trust’s website.

On average 270 babies die each year in the UK as a result of SIDS, with five deaths occurring in West Sussex annually.

Awareness raising will be boosted by the first National Safe Sleeping Week 16-22 March.

The campaign has received considerable coverage over the past month; across local press, radio and BBC South Today. Louise hopes that by coming forward with her story others will become more aware of the risk factors for SIDS and be encouraged to follow a safer sleeping routine.

To read Louise’s story click here.

For more information visit The Lullaby Trust

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby, if you can
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

THINGS TO AVOID:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding