WOMEN who suffer late-term baby loss now have a dedicated, purpose-built suite at Hillingdon Hospital.

The Ocean Pearl Suite offers women, their partners and families the space to grieve, to bond with their child and to spend time creating positive memories that would otherwise have been formed over many years.

The maternity bereavement suite, built as an extension to the main maternity unit in Pield Heath Road has a delivery room, en suite bathroom and separate partner/visitor areas, a kitchen, big-screen TV, phone charging points and a secluded garden with a water feature.

The delivery room converts to the main bedroom and there is a sofa bed in the lounge.

A ‘cold cot’ allows parents to stay with their baby in the suite during their time there. The suite is supported by a midwife.

Ocean Pearl is self-contained with its own discreet access via the garden. There is dedicated car parking alongside.

Its design was carefully planned through asking bereaved women what they would want.

Total cost of the suite was £400,000, of which half was raised in the community through fund-raising.

Ocean Pearl was inaugurated yesterday (27) and will be operational from next month.