Jenni McClagish, patient safety specialist, with a cuddle pocket.

Ambulance teams in the region are some of the first in the country to carry handmade “cuddle pockets” to transport stillborn babies to hospital with dignity and sensitivity.

The knitted pockets are designed for babies who are less than 24 weeks, who are placed inside and the ribbons tied together. The baby’s parents are then encouraged to hold their baby during the journey. 

Cuddle pockets are now available on all 700 ambulances and ambulance officer vehicles at the East of England Ambulance Trust.

The trust is one of the first in the country to carry the pockets, made by volunteers and donated by Cuddles UK.

 Daimon Wheddon, clinical lead for the project, said: “We know just how difficult the loss of a baby can be for both the parents and for the crews who attend, and wanted to do what we could to make the journey to hospital less distressing for everyone.

“Thankfully, cuddle pockets will not be needed very often. But when they are, they can make such a difference for the patient and our crews.

“We are very grateful to Cuddles UK for supporting us, and to the members of our staff who gave up their time to knit these unique pockets.”

The initiative was introduced following feedback from patients and crews.