For a comprehensive range of tools specifically aimed at helping health professionals to ensure that parents receive the best possible care after their baby has died can be downloaded here.
You can also find an e-learning platform for health professionals specialising in bereavement midwifery and healthcare here.
You can also look at babylosscomfort.com for really helpful guidance on the grief that parents are experiencing, and may find their webpage ‘What do I say?’ along with this resource on the Sands website useful to help find the right words, when someone has lost a baby.
In addition, if you are a midwife, nurse or student who is involved in the care of parents whose baby has died, you can share ideas and guidance on good practice and procedures as well as get support where you may need it at an online network, which has been set up by the Royal College of Midwives, SANDS and Bliss. If you would like to apply to join the network, sign up here.
The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) is also being set up by a collection of charities and professional organisations who work with and support bereaved parents. The NBCP helps professionals to support families in their bereavement after any pregnancy or baby loss, be that Miscarriage, Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Anomaly (ToPFA), Stillbirth, Neonatal Death or Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). For more information and updates, visit http://www.nbcpathway.org.uk/
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 National helpline is for both families and professionals looking for support – Tel. 0800 02 888 40
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. It is staffed by trained volunteers, all of whom are bereaved parents – Tel. 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019
SANDS offer a helpline and care resources for health professionals supporting bereaved parents.
Support for Clinical Staff who are working with bereaved families may find the following links useful for their own support and wellbeing in their work.
Support Specific for Child Death:
CBUK welcomes calls from professionals who need support following the death of a child
Staff discussing their feelings about stillbirths and baby death
https://www.samaritans.org/ (Phone 116 123)
OUH document detailing support mechanisms for doctors in training
Medic support Unit; a confidential staff support service for doctors and dentists in training, offering psychotherapy and psychology in Oxford
Professional Support Unit; a career development and coaching service for doctors in the Thames Valley
Tea & Empathy public Facebook group for peer to peer support for all health care professionals
Oxford Paediatrics Mentoring service
The Doctors Support Network is a confidential peer support network for doctors and medical students with concerns about their mental health.
BMA Counselling (available 24/7) 0330 123 1245
(You do not need to be a BMA member to access BMA counselling)
A charity which aims to provide midwives and families with the empathy, training, support and care to help them cope with the pain of losing a stillborn child.
This report, on listening to parents after the death of their baby after birth or the stillbirth of their baby may also be useful.