The death of a baby during or after pregnancy is heart breaking and devastating. There is definitely help and support available, whether the loss was recent or happened many years ago.
SANDS- Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, provides emotional support, comfort and practical help to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy of shortly after birth. SANDS have a network of around 100 local SANDs support groups throughout the UK. These are run by dedicated volunteers, most of whom have themselves been affected by the death of a baby.They can provide locally- based support and advice to bereaved parents and family. SANDS also offer support to professionals affected by this area.
SANDs can provide a Family Support Pack with a multitude of information leaflets to provide support and advice to bereaved parents on topics such as:
Contact information for the local SANDS group:
Phone no: 07970 981 550- for texts or calls
Meetings are also held at Marchwood Village Hall (SO40 4SX) see the website for dates and times.
Phone no: 0808 164 3332
There are many other charities and support groups available locally or nationally that you can contact:
The Firgrove Centre: A registered charity offering free confidential help and support for women and/or partners who may suffer from emotional difficulties following a termination of pregnancy, miscarriage or baby loss during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Address: 107 Firgove Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 3ET
Phone no: 02380783134
The Lilies: Offering the same services as The Firgrove, providing a safe place for women and/or their partners to talk, in the Eastleigh area.
Address: 20 Romsey Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AL
Phone no: 02380 652464
Child Bereavement UK -offer online information and support when a baby or child dies or when a child has experienced bereavement.
Helpline no: 0800 028 8840
Child Death Helpline is for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, under any circumstances, however long ago.It is run by trained volunteers, all of whom are bereaved parents.
Telephone: 0800 282 986 (Freephone)
0808 800 6019 (Free for mobiles)
Simon Says- Hampshire based charity providing information and resources to bereaved children and their families:
Phone: 02380 647 550
The Lullaby Trust- provides emotional support for bereaved families.
Phone: 0808 8026868 (free phone)
Phone: 0345 123 2304 (national helpline-10:00-16:00 and 19:00-22:00)
Winstons Wish- Childhood bereavement Charity
National Helpline: 0808 802 0021