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Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support aims to support anybody who has experienced the tragic loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Registered Charity Number: 1171082. The group meet every first Tuesday on Zoom 8.15 p.m. – 9.15 p.m.  Contact: Nicky Rygielski  07792023020 Sophiagroup16@gmail.com 

https://www.facebook.com/SophiaPLS

www.sophiapregnancylosssupport.com


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The local group is Coventry & District Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity) and is run by volunteers.  The group's trained befrienders offer peer emotional support to bereaved families.  If you are looking for support please contact the group at support.coventry@sands.org.uk or on 07896 500237.  Please leave a message and a befriender will call you back.

Sands also has a national bereavement support helpline run by dedicated and experienced staff.  The team are available to speak on the phone 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday, and 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Please call 0808 164 3332 or email helpline@sands.org.uk

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4louis provide useful tools, equipment and training free of charge to hospital units, hospices and other professionals who sadly have the job of comforting grieving families who suffer a miscarriage, Stillbirth Neonatal or child death. Below is a list of everything we do to try and improve the services given.
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The Beyond Bea charity has launched its Alternative Birth Bag booklet resource for healthcare professionals supporting families experiencing medical termination, late miscarriage, and still birth. Beyond Bea Launch its Alternative Birth Bag | Beyond Bea Charity

The Alternative Birth Bag booklet contains information that cannot typically be found collectively in one place. It explores what families may wish to consider before their baby is born, during their stay in hospital and after they go home.

Beyond Bea Charity

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The Mariposa Trust is a leading support charity primarily working within the field of baby loss and bereavement.

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The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Contact: 0116 2544341

Www.thelauracentre.org.uk 

 

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The Lily Mae Foundation supports families affected by stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage or medical termination. 

Support meeting every first Tuesday. Offers 1:1 Bereavement Support Service.
Contact: 01676 535716

Or Amy Jackson on 07985 657378

info@lilymaefoundation.org

www.lilymaefoundation.org

 

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The Luca Foundation provides and repairs cuddle cots for every maternity unit & baby hospice in the UK that needs one. They also have a book to help explain bereavement to children whilst protecting their mental health on their website. Contact Sharon Luca, Tel: 01926 754076  
Email: info@thelucafoundation.org.uk
Website: www.thelucafoundation.org.uk

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Zoe's Place is a specialised service providing short breaks, palliative Care and End of Life Care to babies and infants with life Limiting and Life threatening conditions.

Contact : Gina Harris

Gina.harris@zoes-place.org.uk

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The Acorn Centre offers a specialist counselling service for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, TFMR, stillbirth or neonatal death, postnatal depression and offers post abortion support. During the pandemic the Centre is offering remote online counselling sessions, with plans to re-open the Centre for face-to-face counselling again once restrictions have eased.  

Contact Jane Brown by email info@acorncentrewarks.org.uk or call 07884 966464. 

Website: www.acorncentrewarks.org.uk 

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Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity whose mission is to make sure every mother and baby have the safest and best care possible. It does this by supporting and working with NHS professionals – buying equipment, developing and providing critical training, and conducting research.

 

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Freddie's Wish provides bereavement support and signposting to bereaved families affected by the loss of a pregnancy, infant or child. Funds paediatric first aid awareness courses. 

Contact Charlotte Jolliffe

Contact: info@freddieswish.org

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Twins Trust support for bereaved families. They support families and carers of twins, triplets and more who have experienced loss during pregnancy, at birth or any time after.


Hospital Chaplaincy Departments:

Janelle Kingham: (George Eliot Hospital) Janelle.kingham@geh.nhs.uk

Ricarda Witcombe (SWFT) Ricarda.witcombe@swft.nhs.uk

Kerrie Marsden (UHCW) Kerrie.marsden@uhcw.nhs.uk


Bereavement Midwives & nurses

Sam Collinge samantha.collinge@geh.nhs.uk

Leah Callander leah.callander@geh.nhs.uk

Nurses on Beaumont Ward (Warwick) Thelma.hodder@swft.nhs.uk

Mandy Price:  Amanda.price@swft.nhs.uk

Stef Carter: Stephanie.Carter@uhcw.nhs.uk

More useful organisations

Child Bereavement UK(CBUK)

Child Bereavement UK supports families and children affected by bereavement. http://www.childbereavement.org.ukTel: 0800 02 888 40

The Miscarriage Association

http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk Tel: 01924 200799

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

https://www.arc-uk.org Tel: 020 7713 7486


George Eliot Hospital and its partners support Baby Loss Awareness Week each year.

Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9th to 15th October every year and is an opportunity for those affected by pregnancy and baby loss and their families and friends to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives and lost pregnancies. The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in the UK and providing support to anyone affected. By working with health professionals and other organisations, the week aims to drive for improvements in bereavement care and support, and to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and baby loss.

For more information, visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org

Updated November 2022