Independent review of maternity services at
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Paula Abramson

Paula is a psychotherapist and training facilitator, specialising in providing bereavement support to families and training for professionals, following the death of a baby or child.  Paula worked for more than ten years in the NHS, providing support to families and professionals.  She was also appointed as bereavement counsellor for the Wandsworth Child Death Overview Panel, the first role of its kind in England.

Since 2008, Paula has designed and delivered training workshops for healthcare professionals whose work includes supporting families when a baby or child dies. Her training covers subjects such as the impact on professionals, breaking bad news, communication skills, theories of grief, memory making, and learning from families.

Having worked for a leading child bereavement charity as Director of Training for three years, in September 2019 Paula decided to take a leap of faith and launched her own baby and infant loss training consultancy, Bereavement Training International.   

Recognised as an expert in the area of baby loss, Paula has consulted on projects such as the National Bereavement Care Pathway, Baby Loss Awareness Week, NHS England Child Death Booklet, and the Pan London Neonatal Complex and Palliative Care Nurse role. She has also been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss since its inception in 2016. In January 2020 Paula was invited to become an Ambassador for Abigail’s Footsteps, a baby loss charity, providing support to families and professionals.

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