DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — MercyOne Dubuque will be the first hospital in the country to build a bereavement suite in their birthing center.
“No Foot Too Small”, a nonprofit founded by Robin and Ryan Boudreau, is planning and fundraising a bereavement suite to cater to families grieving a stillbirth or death of an infant. The founding of No Foot Too Small was originally inspired by the loss of the Boudreau family’s son Beau.
Robin Boudreau says this suite will give mothers, fathers, and families a chance to grieve without being bothered by other family’s who may be celebrating the births of their children.
“Families will benefit from these spaces because it will allow that time to just grieve. Once you hand that baby off, the baby is gone forever and so if we can give them the gift of time, the gift of privacy, the gift of peace, I think that’s probably all we can do to make a really difficult situation just a little bit easier.”
Director of Maternal Child Services at MercyOne Dubuque, Amy Wright, says the families and patients under her care will greatly benefit from this suite.
“I don’t think words can express what this is going to mean for our families. For our families to be able to know that they’re going to be in a room that’s just their room, they don’t have to leave their room.”
Boudreau says the rooms will be designed to look more like a hotel suite rather than a hospital room.
As of right now, the the Boudreaus and No Foot Too Small have two bereavement suites in the works, one at MercyOne in Dubuque and one at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.