Updated: Sep 16
Getting The Support You Need...
If you have lost a baby in pregnancy or soon after I am very sorry. You may be experiencing a whole host of difficult and confusing feelings, from sadness and devastation to anger and guilt. Having a place where you can get support, information and speak to someone who understands can have a huge impact on your mental health and how you manage your grief.
Below is a list of some of the resources available to you, where you can access help, support and information. If you are a friend, colleague or family member you will also find advice on ways you can support them.
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS): https://www.sands.org.uk/
SANDS free telephone helpline: 0808 164 3332 or email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
SANDS bereavement support app can be downloaded here: https://www.sands.org.uk/about-sands/sands-bereavement-support-app
Find a local SANDS support group https://www.sands.org.uk/support-you/how-we-offer-support/sands-groups
Miscarriage UK https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/
Miscarriage Uk Helpline is open Mon - Fri 91m - 4pm 01924 200799
BLISS for babies born premature or sick https://www.bliss.org.uk/
BLISS email helpline email@example.com
Remember, it is ok to not feel ok, and to ask for help and support whenever you need it.
It's Baby Loss Awareness Week and one of its aims this year is to call on Government to act, so that parents who have been through pregnancy or baby loss have the right support, at the time they need it and free of charge. If there is not the appropriate support available when a baby dies, people may go onto suffer with more severe mental health issues later on. Find out more by visiting https://babyloss-awareness.org/
I am a Psychotherapist and Counsellor who specialises in all aspects of loss. I help people who have experienced the death of a baby in pregnancy or soon after and those who support them including family members, friends and professionals.
I work in Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields and Whitley Bay.