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31 May 2024

Twenty-three years ago, Birth Suite’s Adriana Barclay faced the overwhelming sorrow of losing a child, with little support and her family living interstate.
 
Determined to ensure no local family felt as isolated, the passionate Administration Officer channelled her lived experience to become a mentor with the Ladybird Care Foundation.
 
Adriana who has been part of the Logan Hospital team for more than a decade, said since completing her mentor training, she was now on a mission to get the foundation’s name on everyone’s lips.
 
“When I learned about Ladybird, I felt relieved for the parents out there going through the grief of losing a child. The foundation’s beautiful work offers so much support and comfort,” she said.
 
“If a program like this had existed when I went through the hardest time in my life, it would have helped me cope better, not feel so alone and be more present with my then little girl, who still needed her mum.”
 
Adriana’s advocacy for bereaved parents extends beyond Ladybird; she recently worked with the birth suite team to raise funds for ‘Billie Boxes’ for the unit.
 
She said her involvement with the Billie Boxes project stemmed from working closely with bereavement midwives and learning about the Room Eleven Initiative.
 
“This initiative, created by parents of a stillborn baby, provides special boxes to comfort other grieving families.
 
“We raised $500 to purchase seven boxes and generously Rob, the founder of Room Eleven, donated three extra boxes as a gift to our bereavement team.”
 
Adriana said if she could give one message to a newly bereaved parent it would simply be to accept help.
 
“There are so many opportunities today to help with grief. It doesn’t mean the pain will go away, but it helps on this journey that no one should have to go through alone.
 
“Pain never fully disappears, but with time, patience, and the right guidance, it gets easier to handle."
 
Adriana’s journey from isolation to advocacy demonstrates the profound impact of support and community. If this content has caused distress for you or someone you know, the helplines below provide support and counselling:
 
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Last updated 31 May 2024
Last reviewed 31 May 2024

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