4Louis is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and the death of a baby or child. We also work to improve the care bereaved families receive from health care and other professionals.
4Louis was founded by Louis’ family in 2009 who found that there was very little access to support and memory making following Louis been stillborn at 38weeks gestation. Since then 4Louis has grown, but parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, baby or child death are still at the core of everything we do.
Thanks to the hard work of our supporters we are able to ensure our services are available to a wide range of hospital trusts, hospices and any professional who may deal with miscarriages, baby or child deaths.
Miscarriage or the death of a baby or child is not a rare occurrence. Every day in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. 1 in 4 pregnancies sadly end before the reach 12 weeks.
It’s heartbreaking to imagine that a lack of recourses available reduce the precious memories and keepsakes captured in the short time the family spend with their baby or child. Or that having no dedicated bereavement rooms on hospital wards means mums and dads have to spend precious time with their baby or child before they have to say goodbye in a normal hospital room surrounded by unsuitable adverts on the walls and the sounds of a busy ward with the sounds of babies and children around them.
Or that gaps in training for health professionals due to funding means families are not receiving acceptable care during such a traumatic time.
We provide staff the tools and equipment to provide excellent care to these bereaved families by prompting them to offer the opportunity to capture precious memories, take special photos and giving the families extra time to spend with their baby or child in a safe comfortable environment.
We have funded many study days for trusts across the UK and even funded for individual health care professionals to attend conferences, study days and courses to help improve their knowledge and approach to these families.