Founder & Director
MacLennan B.Phil (Ed) Youth, Community and Play Studies
MacLennan, is founder of The Pinks N Blues CIC an
organisation delivering services through peer support group work, face-to-face,
telephone, email and skype, for those who have experienced pregnancy loss(es)
in the first and second trimester.
the University of Birmingham with a B.Phil (Ed) Youth, Community and Play
Studies as a qualified youth, community and play worker. With over 25 years of
experience on the front line and in managing services, working in the Public and
3rd Sector with some of Birmingham’s most disadvantaged and
vulnerable communities. She has married her expertise and knowledge of working
collaboratively in the community and her personal experiences of first and
second trimester loss as an expert by lived experience.
Through her personal and
traumatic experience of losing 6 babies in pregnancy in the 1st and 2nd
trimester and holding the label 'incompetent cervix' among others, she
tirelessly campaigns to improve services for those who experience loss in the
2nd trimester along with providing training to HCP's in delivering a caring and
compassionate service. Developing
volunteers through training and coaching to deliver a first-class service. She has worked with many Health Trusts
through sharing best practice, as a consultant to her local Health Trusts and
CCG (which includes the Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research) on
how they deliver services, offer support and gives regular feedback on families’
experiences within these trusts. Catherine facilitated a powerful focus group
on Women who miscarry in the second trimester strand of the #MatExp
#NobodysPatient Project. She also sits on a
number of research and trial committees ensuring the human voice is heard.
Catherine continues to raise
awareness of pregnancy loss and its relationship with Perinatal Mental Health
and Birth Trauma, pregnancy loss in the workplace, supporting families through
Pregnancy After Loss and coaching to support families in returning to work.
As an experienced speaker Catherine
is comfortable speaking with groups of 3 people to being on the main stage at
large events and conferences. Her inspirational talks speak to many, drawing on
her skills as a CYP worker/manager, understanding the complexities from all
sides she is able to facilitate learning and understanding.
Catherine is also Media
trained and has given many tv, radio, magazine and newspaper interviews.
Here you will find Catherine sharing her baby loss
journey and experiences which led us to set up The Pinks N Blues in memory of our 6 forever babies Cam ~ Evie ~ Evan ~ Spud ~ Pip ~ Squishy
Listen here to Catherine talking to Donna Joseph at BHBN Hospital Radio