Zoë's Place is a home from home for babies who have life limiting or terminal illnesses and special complex needs, offering palliative and respite care for babies/infants from birth to five years old.
We afford each individual respect and dignity regardless of gender, race, culture, religious beliefs or disability.
The Coventry hospice is funded by charity, and receives no Government funding. We rely on the kind support of the public - people like you! To find out how you could get involved, please contact our friendly fundraising team at the hospice.
What Zoë's can offer Parents and Babies
At Zoë’s, we provide specialist respite care, palliative care and end of life care. We don't adhere to a fixed catchment area, welcoming babies and their families from all over the country.
When you contact Zoë's the Nurse in Charge will be happy to tell you about Zoë's Place and will answer any of your questions. We can either send information to your home, or invite you and your family to visit the hospice to see first hand what we are all about.
We understand that this is a big step for all of our families; there is always an element of guilt, 'am I doing the right thing?’ Remember - you are not alone, all of our families feel these emotions (its normal!). We are initially total strangers to you, but will support you through making the right decision regarding care provision for your little one.
If you would like to use Zoë's, we want you to tell us what you want for your baby, as you know your own baby best. We appreciate that all baby’s needs are different, and work with you to ensure that the care we give to your baby is exemplary. Some of our parents may wish to visit with their baby for just for a few hours to start with - we understand that you will need to familiarise yourself with the hospice and hospice staff before leaving your child with us for longer periods. We are here to meet your needs (and we are great at making cups of tea).
We hope that we will develop a relationship where there is mutual trust and understanding and that parents will begin to leave their babies overnight or for a couple of nights stay.
We realise that all Mums and Dads are anxious and we encourage you to phone as many times as you like, you can also pop in at anytime. It is possible for parents to stay overnight with their child.
There is no charge made to our parents, however we do ask that you bring your baby's own clothes, feeds, medicines and toiletries. Our nursing staff will make sure that you are happy with any arrangements made, and will ask you to fill in an 'All about Me Book' which tells us all about your baby and their needs. If we can get it right from day one, then we usually find that we have a happy baby.
Sadly, we do lose some of our babies, and at such times this affects all members of staff. Parents often approach us when they have been told that their little one has now been termed 'terminally ill'. Each family has individual needs and every family will handle the situation differently. We can arrange for any support that you might need, such as counselling or religious support of your choice.
Sometimes a family will not want their baby to pass away in a hospital environment and it is not always appropriate due to family circumstances for their baby to pass away at home because of the effect if would have on other siblings.
At Zoë's we can care for a baby until such a time that they decide to leave us. The parents and family have total control; we listen to what they want for their baby. We like to think that when this sad time arises we give the baby the dignity and all the love that they deserve.
We are here for our parents, siblings, family and their friends. This is the sadder aspect of our work and we are privileged that parents allow us to care for their babies.
At Zoë’s Place, we rely entirely upon charitable donations to raise our running costs. It is thanks to your support that we are able to continue our service which is so vital to the babies and families that we care for. At present the Coventry hospice receives no Government or NHS funding, so we rely wholly on donations from our supporters.
We are very happy to give talks and presentations - if you are part of a community group, business, or club and would like to know more about Zoë’s Place and what we do, please give us a call to arrange a visit to your next meeting.