We are working hard to raise awareness around the need to establish more accessible support services within Northern Ireland.
Please see below a list of support services that may be able to provide support and the LFMNT closed calls.
Current Support Within Northern Ireland
Learning that you have lost, or will lose a pregnancy or baby, or the loss of a child before, during or after birth, can be a confusing and profoundly distressing time for many parents.
It is important to know that in addition to services provided by your Trust, support for families bereaved through pregnancy or baby loss is still available.
The following charities/ support groups can offer online advice, information and support:
Pregnancy and baby loss
The Miscarriage Association
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.
Helpline: 01924 200 799
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
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.
Helpline: 020 7733 2653 (24 hour message line)
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.
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.
Helpline: 0800 0147 800
The Compassionate Friends
An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.
National Helpline: 0345 123 2304 (Daily 10:00am-4:00pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm)
Northern Ireland Helpline: 0288 77 88 016 (Daily 10:00am-4:00pm, 7:00pm-9:30pm)
The Lullaby Trust
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.
Bereavement Helpline: 0808 802 6868
Anam Cara Parent Bereavement understands we don’t live in an ideal world, we live in a world after our precious children have died before their time. Bereaved parents have set up this organisation to help themselves and all bereaved parents cope with their grief and loss and journey on.
Phone: +353 (0)1 4045378
Mobile: +353 (0)85 2888 888
Email: email@example.com Web: www.anamcara.ie
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care offers free support for people bereaved by death, in any way, whatever their age, nationality or belief. Help includes 1-to-1 bereavement support, bereavement support groups and advice or information on practical matters and a helpline.
The Mariposa Trust
The Mariposa Trust provides services and support for anyone affected by baby loss at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy (whether recent or historic), infertility, pregnancy after loss, and more.
Funding research into the causes of baby loss. Providing hope for grieving families.
Post Pregnancy Counselling
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. ARC’s helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm.
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.
Bliss exists to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. We champion their right to receive the best care by supporting families, campaigning for change and supporting professionals, and enabling life-changing research.
TAMBA Bereavement Support Group is for parents who have lost a twin/multiple or both/all twins/multiples. The support Group offers parent to parent support via their befriending service and via their closed face book bereavement support group.
Helpline: 01252 332 344 (usually 9am to 4pm weekdays but it can vary)
TinyLife, (Formerly NIMBA) Northern Ireland’s premature and vulnerable baby charity. We are dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in the six babies born every day in Northern Ireland. We are committed to providing a range of support services that meet the growing needs of families of premature babies locally. Our work supports vital research to ensure every pregnancy has the best chance of a healthy outcome and a healthy baby.
Life After Loss
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.
Informing Choices (formerly Family Planning Association NI) can offer post-pregnancy counselling following miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. To make an appointment with one of our counsellors please call 028 9031 6100
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. Each bear is a comforter to hold, lets parents know they are not alone and directs parents to support agencies who can help in the devastating days, weeks, months and year after a baby loss. Their aim is to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and bring some comfort to bereaved parents and their families after the loss of a baby.
Telephone: 07876 504042
Losing an Older Child
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. We support children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.
We provide training to professionals in health and social care, education, and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.
Tel: 0800 0288 840
The Child Death Helpline
The Child Death Helpline is staffed by volunteers, all of them bereaved parents. All of our volunteers are trained, supervised and supported by professional teams within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The helpline is a partnership between professionals and parents working together to provide a professional service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.
Tel: 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
Tel: 028 9265 255 or 028 8778 8016
We help people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support, information and campaigning.
Tel: 0808 808 167