Useful contacts: Pregnancy Loss

Useful contacts that provide support to those that have suffered a pregnancy loss.

There are many excellent organisations working hard to help you. They all differ in the way they offer their service, and it is important to remember that whilst one service may not work for you, another may provide the support and advice you need.
Here is a selection of the most helpful:

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye events are the first set of national commemorative services for people who have suffered a loss at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. The services will provide a time and a place to acknowledge the loss and together we can collectively say goodbye to our babies. Saying Goodbye also offer international support to parents at whatever stage they have lost a child, and will signpost you to other national, regional and local support groups.

Address: Saying Goodbye Services, C/O CCEM, PO Box 12285, Tamworth, B77 9AG
Telephone: 08707 449 701 
E-mail: info@sayinggoodbye.org
Website: www.sayinggoodbye .org
Twitter: @SayinggoodbyeUK

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association was founded in 1982 by a group of people who had experienced miscarriage and continues to offer support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care.
Helpline: 01924 200799 (Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm).
Address: c/o Clayton Hospital, Northgate Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 3JS.
Email: info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk
Website: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Sands is an organisation which can offer you support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth. At Sands there are people who understand what it's like because many of them have been through this experience themselves. Sands are there to help offer support and information when you need it. 
Helpline: 020 7436 5881 (Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.)
Email: helpline@uk-sands.org
Website:www.uk-sands.org

Working families

A national organisation that advises on benefits and employment rights.
Tel: 020 7253 7243
Email: info@workingfamilies.org.uk
Website: www.workingfamilies.org.uk

RELATE

A national counselling organisation for couples. Relate offer face to face, telephone and online counselling.
Helpline: 0300 100 1234 (Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.)
Email: Via website address below
Website: www.relate.org.uk

Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 25 Jan 2017 - 13:39

    Hi Tommys,

    I recently had a misscarriage at 10 weeks. I work 12 hour shifts, days and nights which I really struggled with while pregnant. I also have a stressful job which was extremely busy on the lead up the Christmas. I started to miscarry at work on Christmas Day.
    Is there any research that shift work or stress can have an impact on pregnancy? I am worried that my job my impact on future pregnancies. I know I am still in the grieving process and feel extremely resentful of work.

    Has there been much research into this?

    Thank you

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Jan 2017 - 14:12

    Hi
    We are so sorry to hear about your miscarriage on Christmas day and hope that you are looking after yourself. There are many risk factors including age, obesity, smoking, alcohol, drug misuse but in most cases there is never a reason found. There is very limited evidence surrounding shift work and pregnancy risk and no strong case for work related guidance. It is sensible though for you to try to reduce your stress levels in pregnancy and to try to regulate your diet, sleep and exercise as much as is possible. We do understand how difficult this is when you are working and in many cases feeling tired and nauseous. Best wishes to you x

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