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The Helpline is for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby and wants to talk to someone about their experience. The Helpline team are there to listen and give support, and can advise you about finding local help, whether from a Sands group or other counselling services, or information about other relevant support organisations.
SANDS is an organisation which can offer you support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth.
The death of a baby is a devastating experience. The effects of grief can be overwhelming and parents, their families and friends can be left feeling dazed, disorientated, isolated and exhausted.
It can be hard to take in information, to make decisions or to imagine how you are going to cope.
At SANDS there are people who understand what it's like because many of us have been through this experience ourselves, and we are here to help offer support and information when you need it.
Helpline: 01924 200799 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm)
"Miscarriage can be a very unhappy and frightening and lonely experience.
If you have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, we hope you will find here the information and support that you need to help you through."
Watching your baby fight for life can be traumatic and all parents worry that their baby may not win the battle. The thought of any baby dying is tragic, and it seems particularly cruel when the baby is so young. Support line available.
"The Baby Mailing Preference Service is here to help reduce the number of baby-related mailings you receive.
Many parents to be are happy to hear from companies who can help them at this exciting time in their lives but in the sad circumstances of the death of a baby, mailings to parents about baby products from well meaning companies can cause unintended hurt.
That's why the Mailing Preference Service provides Baby MPS - a free service that is both sympathetic and effective."
The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation (EPF) has been established with the aim of improving the care of women with a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis, of ectopic pregnancy. We hope to reduce the morbidity and maternal mortality caused by this common condition.
The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation was set up in January 2011, in memory of Grace Crocker, who grew her angel wings aged 11 weeks. They support families from Jersey, both financially and emotionally, who need to spend time in the UK whilst their child receives medical treatment in a hospital.
We hope that seeing the faces and reading the stories of others who have been where you are brings you a tiny bit of peace as you begin this journey. Please know you are not alone.
At the end of many of the stories here, contact information is listed for the writer; please feel free to reach out to these women. They are here to help.
April - Losing our daughter has transformed who we are as a family. My husband and I experienced our darkest days after we lost our sweet Lily. Those days often hover over us still and the hurt is unimaginable. A year after her death we are finally learning how to pick up the pieces of our new life and see that it is okay to laugh again.
On November 20, 2011, I gave birth to our first child, Eve, who had died two days earlier at 31 weeks of pregnancy. I am trying to navigate the mess of pain, confusion, anger, and (surprisingly) gratitude that my life has become. I don't know where the path leads or how it ends, but I trust that God is with me always, loving me through it all.
On February 7, 2012, my husband and I discovered that we were pregnant with Eve's younger sibling. This new baby is due in mid-October, and is officially a boy! We named him Jacob, and I pray that we will get to take him home to raise and watch grow.