Other Support

There are many other organisations and charities that you can turn to for help and advice.

Below are some of the charities that may be able to offer you and your family support now or in the future.

Baby loss helplines

The Miscarriage Association

Helpline: 01924 200 799

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

We know that miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago, we hope that you will find here support, information and comfort.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

Helpline: 020 7733 2653 (24 hour message line)

ectopic.org.uk

A registered national charity, established to meet the needs of people who have experienced ectopic pregnancy and the health care professionals who care for them. The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust believes that the deaths and trauma associated with ectopic pregnancy should be prevented and seeks to both relieve the distress associated with it and provide ongoing support.

ARC

Helpline: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.

arc-uk.org

ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement. We’re here for as long as you need us. Our helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm.

Lone Twin Network

lonetwinnetwork.org.uk

The Lone Twin Network (LTN) is a support network, primarily serving the UK, but with many members overseas. All members are surviving twins and have that unique understanding of what it means to lose part of yourself when your twin – identical or fraternal – dies. Our membership comprises surviving twins who lost their sibling before, at or around birth; in childhood or as an adult.

Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity)

Helpline: Freephone 0808 164 3332

sands.org.uk

Sands provide support for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies, before, during or soon after birth as well as information and support for healthcare professionals.

Tommy’s

Helpline: 0800 0147 800

tommys.org

When a baby dies

Funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and provides information on having a healthy baby. Raises awareness of the facts and provides free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be. This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy

Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society)

petalscharity.org

Petals was set up as a charity in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals working in maternity care, alongside women who had experienced first-hand the loss of a baby, or trauma during birth. We fund a specialist counselling service for parents affected by any of the following: Still birth, Neonatal death, Trauma/depression following delivery, Diagnosis of fetal anomalies, Antenatal anxiety/depression, Miscarriage, IVF anxiety, Fear of pregnancy/birth. NB 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.

The Child Death Helpline

Freephone: 0800 282 986

Additional Freephone number for ALL mobiles: 0808 800 6019

childdeathhelpline.org.uk

The Child Death Helpline is a helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

Life after loss

lifeafterloss.org.uk

Life After Loss is an online support community set up in November 2006 by bereaved mothers who find support and friendship through sharing their grief over the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after birth.

The Lullaby Trust

Bereavement Helpline: 0808 802 6868

lullabytrust.org.uk

The UK’s leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. Lullaby funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice, including helpline for bereaved parents and their families, friends, neighbours and anyone else who has experienced the sudden death of a baby.