As with many aspects of health and social care, the support available can be very different depending upon where you live. This list is by no means exhaustive, but they are services that have helped me or people I know:
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Tommy’s fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. They want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies.
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
The Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care.
Aching Arms aims to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and bring some comfort to bereaved parents and their families after the loss of a baby by providing Aching Arms bears.
ARC is the only national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust believes that the deaths and trauma associated with ectopic pregnancy should be prevented or minimised and seeks to support women and their families through this difficult period of their lives. The Charity also provides Information, Education and Support to medical professionals who treat early pregnancy complications.
Group B Strep Support (also known as GBSS) is dedicated to working to stop group B Strep infections, including meningitis, in babies through sharing information and empowering parents.
Kicks Count aims to reduce the UK’s stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby’s movements.
MAMA Academy has been helping to save babies lives since 2012, by helping to empower parents, educate healthcare professionals and generally raise awareness of the issues around stillbirth and early infant mortality.
Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
Our Missing Peace campaign to break the silence surrounding child loss. They have created a badge to help all that have been touched by the death of a child as well as trying to make finding support easier.
Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society) provides a specialised counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Queen Charlottes and St Mary’s Hospitals in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and Ipswich Hospital.