Miscarriages or loss of a child

For those who have experienced miscarriages or the loss of a child

The below organisations may be able to help and support you.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.

Telephone  0800 028 8840

Website www.childbereavementuk.org

Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Telephone 0808 164 3332

Website www.sands.org.uk

Maternity Matters Dorset

Dorset Maternity Services have small teams of midwives who specialise in providing support and advice to those who have lost a baby, either during their pregnancy or after birth.

Telephone – 

before 13 weeks of pregnancy: contact us or your midwife directly

after 13 weeks of pregnancy: call Labour Line on 0300 369 0388

Website www.maternitymattersdorset.nhs.uk/support/loss/

Child Death Helpline

The Child Death Helpline aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Callers to the helpline might be parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, friends or involved professionals.

Telephone 0800 282 986

Website  www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

SPRING – Support parents and relatives through baby loss

SPRING is part of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity. and supports parents and relatives who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for foetal abnormality. Over the years, SPRING has evolved to help many families and friends through such devastating times.

They are based at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit at Poole Hospital and cover Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas, providing emotional and practical support at the point of loss.

Telephone 0300 019 8084

Website www.springsupport.org.uk/

Support Information for carers

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free well-being, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (bridgit.care) People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available