Memory Milk Gift Initiative: Initiating Difficult Conversations after Loss

30 Oct 2023 13:00 - 15:00 Online attendance Free

The Memory Milk Gift Initiative believes that every bereaved family across Scotland should have the choice to donate breast milk in memory of their baby and commemorated on the Memory Milk Tree in the milk bank at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
This interactive webinar aims to support staff in having these difficult and sensitive conversations with families following bereavement.
Participants will watch a real time interactive demonstration led by EC4H tutors. Participants will have the opportunity throughout the demonstration to contribute suggestions and feedback to the tutor team via the chat box.

This webinar is open to staff from all Scottish health boards


Janie is a 36-year-old primip. It was a low-risk pregnancy, but at 30 weeks it was identified that the baby was not growing well. The baby’s growth further deteriorated and at 36 weeks an ultrasound confirmed the baby had died. Janie was admitted to the labour ward to have her labour induced and the next day the baby was delivered and was still born. The clinician meets with Janie to discuss post death care

Learning Outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication webinar participants will:
• review their current practice in communicating with patients and their relatives,
• identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a supported peer learning group
• critique and apply relevant literature/ theory on effective communication
• evaluate and respond to patient/relative perspectives
• identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness
• exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues


Memory Milk Gift Initiative: Initiating Difficult Conversations after Loss

Date: 30 Oct 2023
Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Tutor team

Dr Judith Orme

EC4H Senior Tutor

Dr Judith Orme is a Consultant Neonatologist in Edinburgh. She joined the EC4H Tutor Team in 2018 and delivers EC4H workshops and Being Open training to staff in NHS Lothian and our partner boards.

Amanda Kane

EC4H Tutor

Amanda has been a midwife with NHS Tayside for 17 years, working in all clinical areas but with a special interest in high risk and bereavement care. She was a senior Charge Midwife for 4 years before starting in her current post as Quality Lead/Risk Management Midwife, 3 years ago. Amanda feels very strongly that women and their families are part of the review processes and that their voices are heard. Amanda joined the EC4H tutor team in 2023