San Foundation opens Butterfly Room
San Foundation Managing Director Karen Gair reports on the opening of the Butterfly Room in Maternity:
With the help of San Maternity and the support of San Foundation, a Butterfly Room was unveiled on Level 11 of Clark Tower this week. The Butterfly Room is a dedicated space for parents who suffer the loss of a stillborn.
Following the death of their daughter Milisha in January 2018, parents Shubhangi Asthana and Abhishek Kumar, raised funds to provide a room at the San that would better facilitate this devastating experience with softer furnishings, a sofa bed, tea-making facilities and a less clinical-looking setting.
"The devastation of the loss of a child is beyond the imagination of most of us. It is not a clinical experience but a deeply personal heart wrenching one. By trying to make the space softer and more personal in which we, the staff of the San, provide care and support to families, perhaps we can decrease the harshness of the experience, just a little" said obstetrician Dr John Keogh, who delivered Milisha.
Shubhangi and Abhishek and baby Viraaj (born May 2019) joined Brett Goods, Clare Lumley and San Maternity staff for the opening and blessing from San Chaplain Kym Cross.
San Foundation would like to thank Shubhangi and Abhishek for seeing this need and asking for a change. Along with their family and friends, they raised over $7,000 to help San Foundation create this special space. San Foundation also extends their thanks to Maternity and Birthing Unit Nursing Unit Manager Annie Marshall and her team including midwives Maria Peck and Jacqui Grant.