A big thank you to the Norfolk & Norwich Baby Bereavement Group, who have compiled the following support information for parents
Norfolk and Norwich Baby Bereavement Group
“The Norfolk and Norwich Baby Bereavement Group is a local community of parents and families who have been affected by the loss of a baby. We have strong links with the NNUH baby bereavement team although you do not have to have been cared for at NNUH to join us. We hold social meet ups for parents on the outskirts of Norwich and have also orgnaised family meet ups at Eaton park. At the moment we keep in touch via our closed Facebook group.”
“Norfolk Sands is the local branch of a national charity for stillbirth and neonatal death. Nationally, as well as fundraising and supporting bereaved families, Sands lobbies government for change, works with the NHS to create care pathways and carries out extensive research into the causes and impacts of baby loss.
On a local level, we are a team of volunteers (all bereaved parents and families). We hold regular support meetings and events for those affected by baby loss. We also work closely with the local hospitals, providing resources for midwives and memory boxes for parents.
Please see our Facebook page for information about our support meetings and events or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any other information.”
“A branch of the Miscarriage Association, we are a group of volunteers in Norfolk who offer support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss.
Norfolk Miscarriage Support usually run monthly support groups but due to the current sitaution they are not running until further notice. Please keep an eye on their Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Nelson’s Journey support bereaved children and young people in Norfolk. They help to: provide education about causes of death and the events surrounding the funeral and provide children with opportunities to remember the person who has died.
“ARC is the only national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences.
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.
Please see their website for lots of detailed information.
ARC’s national helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm. Call 0207 713 7486.
The ARC Forum has been set up as a safe place for ARC parent members to make contact with other people who have lost a baby following a prenatal diagnosis, in order to provide support and lessen the sense of isolation. Find out more, and join the forum.”
“Tommy’s funds medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. Through their clinics, research centres, pregnancy information service and support line run by the team of Tommy’s midwives, they support parents and families who lose a baby, experience premature birth and to help everyone have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
The Tommy’s website has a huge collection of articles and videos full of support and guidance. They also have Facebook communities for bereaved parents and those pregnant following a loss.
Tommy’s has state of the art NHS clinics in London, Manchester and Edinburgh – see the website for more information about being refered to a Tommy’s clinic.”
“The Lulaby Trust offer confidential bereavement support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child.
If you would like the opportunity to talk freely, for as long as required, with a sympathetic and understanding listener please call their bereavement support helpline on 0808 802 6868 or email email@example.com.”
“Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Bereavement support is at the core of everything they do.
Some of the services that they offer include a free national helpline and a bereavement support app for parents, families, carers and health professionals; a UK-wide network of support groups with trained befrienders; an online forum enabling bereaved families to connect with each other and a wide range of bereavement support resources available online and in print.
“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.
They have a comprehensive website with a patients’ information section, Message Forums, where you can speak to others who have experienced ectopic pregnancy and obtain medically moderated and overseen replies. You can also speak to someone by ringing the support line or sending an email to arrange a call back.”
“Remember My Baby’ (RMB) is a UK based registered charity which offers a gift of baby remembrance photography to UK parents experiencing the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth.
RMB offers a free gift of baby remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby either before, during or shortly after birth. By offering sensitive and beautiful remembrance photography, we hope that the small gift we can provide to families will bring some comfort in the days, months and many, many years to come. It can also help parents with the grief and healing process.
If you need to request a photographer, please call 0808 189 2345 for prompt assistance as using the contact form on the website may cause a delay in a member of the team contacting you.”
“You can order a heart(s) to help create a tangible connection to your little one at this difficult time.
There is a section where you can ‘sponsor’ hearts for other bereaved families, information for bereavement midwives, how charities can help and information about fundraising to help get hearts in to more babies hands.”
Cherished Gowns UK is a registered charity (1172482), that provide the families of babies that are stillborn, miscarried or pass away shortly after birth with items of clothing that they are able to be dressed in for their funeral. We provide UK hospitals with 5 different sizes of Cherished Gown packs that include a gown, hat, booties, blanket and a cloth nappy. We also send gown packs directly to parents who are unable to find anything to fit their precious baby on request.
“Aching arms support bereaved parents and offer the hand of friendship via email, text or phone call support from trained befrienders.
They provide Aching Arms bears to hospitals and hospices for midwives and nurses to offer to bereaved parents in their care. We also donate bears to baby loss support groups, funeral directors and to families who contact us via our website, email, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Bereaved parents can also request a bear by completing the form here – https://achingarms.co.uk/request-a-bear-form/”