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Butterfly logo may prevent needless distress for families

Stickers can be placed in neonatal unit cots to alert nurses to the death of a baby
Butterfly sticker

A bereaved mother has devised a purple butterfly logo to be placed in neonatal unit cots to alert nurses and families that a baby from a multiple birth has died.

The butterfly logo devised by Millie Smith

Millie Smith’s idea came after another mother made an upsetting, but unintentional, comment after 1 of Ms Smith’s twins died shortly after birth at Kingston hospital, London.

‘At this moment I decided I needed to help families in a similar position,’ she said.

Nationwide

The logo was adopted at Kingston and she hopes hospitals nationwide will follow suit.

Katrina McNamara, nurse spokesperson for the palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, said: ‘This is such a simple idea, such a low-cost resource, so easy to embed into practice – but it can have such an impact.’

A bereaved mother has devised a purple butterfly logo to be placed in neonatal unit cots to alert nurses and families that a baby from a multiple birth has died.

Butterfly sticker
The butterfly logo devised by Millie Smith

Millie Smith’s idea came after another mother made an upsetting, but unintentional, comment after 1 of Ms Smith’s twins died shortly after birth at Kingston hospital, London.

‘At this moment I decided I needed to help families in a similar position,’ she said.  

Nationwide

The logo was adopted at Kingston and she hopes hospitals nationwide will follow suit.

Katrina McNamara, nurse spokesperson for the palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, said: ‘This is such a simple idea, such a low-cost resource, so easy to embed into practice – but it can have such an impact.’

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