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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.
The Twins Trust Bereavement Support Group (BSG) exists to support all parents and carers of twins, triplets or more who have died whether it was during pregnancy or after pregnancy. We are sorry for your loss and hope that by making contact with the BSG you will find some comfort to help you with your grief.
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."
The Lola Project, or lossofalovedarrival.com, was formed in loving memory of our daughter, Lola, who was diagnosed with a fatal condition, and born in June 2011. After she was born, Lola’s mum found it impossible to cope with the pain of her loss, and knew she had to find ways to try and heal her grieving heart and her post-natal body. What she really wanted was some support and guidance on things she could do to gently ease her body and mind back to some place resembling normality. But it was hard to find information on exercise and therapies that would assist a grieving new mum. In particular, she couldn’t find post-natal yoga or Pilates classes which took account of both the physical and emotional needs of a mum who has given birth but doesn’t bring her baby home. And it was deeply traumatic to recite the story of Lola’s loss to therapist after therapist to see whether their treatment might be able to help someone suffering after the loss of their baby.
And so, The Lola Project was also born.
Hannah and Lee lost their little boy on 3rd October 2013 at 41 weeks due to cord compression. This changed their life forever. Something Lee soon came to realise is that there isn’t enough support out there for men who are suffering child loss.
In 2014 the men’s private support group was born and has developed into a successful safe place for males all over the world. Although that group is still private and male only this page is welcome to everyone and will update you on anything new going on within the charity. We are hoping to reach out to men locally at the moment and create a face2face support group. If you know anyone suffering please sign post them to us! We will be happy to help to the best of our ability. Help us break down those walls and give the support needed for dads!
and please remember YOU DONT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE STRONG ONE x
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 PANDAS Foundation is here to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
"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.
There are many stories out there which offer great comfort and encourage children to talk about their loss and how it makes them feel, but trying to find the right one for your child when you are dealing with your own grief can feel like an enormous task.
Here is a list of the 24 books which I would recommend. I hope you find it helpful, and please do share it with friends and family who you think may need it.
Stillbirth Stories is an audio archive supported by Wellcome. It is a unique collection of interviews with parents and clinicians talking about their experiences of stillbirth. Interviews can be listened to in full or short clips are searchable by theme.
The archive offers alternative peer support to bereaved families and serves as a learning resource for clinicians. Intervieweesâ?? experiences span five decades from the 1960s to the present day.
We believe the opportunity to listen and share in peopleâ??s stories, told in their own words, will engage others with this little talked about subject in a way that statistics and facts cannot.
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.
I am so sorry that you find yourself here, making this difficult choice and walking this unimaginable path. Deciding to terminate a pregnancy for medical reasons is a journey unlike any other.
The experience of a loss of this kind is something that is incredibly difficult and parents need to be able to find support groups, someone to talk with, have stories to read, and simply have others to talk to so this isn’t such an isolating road.
Over time, I hope to change the message of judgement that we seem to all encounter. I hope to provide a safe place to find support, a place to honor our babies, and a voice to break the silence on this topic.