t: 0808 164 3332
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."
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.
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.
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. Interviewees‚?? experiences span five decades from the 1960s to the present day.
We believe the opportunity to listen and share in people‚??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.
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.