Training & Education

Maternity Care


Growing around grief

This animation illustrates how, with support and understanding from those around them, bereaved families will remember their baby in their own way and find their way to live with their grief.

Bereavement Care

No level of care can take away pain or grief for bereaved parents; however, healthcare professionals can have a hugely positive influence on how parents experience their loss.

Sensitive and individualised bereavement care can minimise the long term traumatic impact of baby loss and help parents start to cope with their grief. Parenthood does not depend on a baby being alive, high quality bereavement care recognises parenthood and provides the relevant medical care alongside psychological and social support.

Learning from when babies die

A robust review into every baby death is essential. Understanding what happened is vital, both for parents to make sense of why their baby died,  and for health care professionals to understand if improvements to care may save future babies’ lives.

Communicating with parents about the hospital review into the death of their baby may be challenging when parents are in shock and emotions are high so having the knowledge and skills to do this meaningfully is key. Our tailored webinar will support you in engaging parents in the review process. Done meaningfully, it has the power to improve the quality of the review in identifying lessons to save future babies’ lives, prevent ongoing psychosocial harm to bereaved parents, and limit litigation.

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“Losing a baby is like nightmare, the staff around us guided us though the next steps, next hours, their sensitively and care will say with me always.”

Bereaved mum

Training topics for maternity services

  • Communication skills
  • Use of sensitive and appropriate language
  • Enabling memory making
  • Understanding the impact that baby loss has on mental health
  • Enabling informed choice before and after their baby dies
  • Engaging parents in a review of their care
  • Post mortem consent conversations
  • Having open and honest conversations with parents when things have gone wrong with care
  • National Bereavement Care Pathway (England and Scotland)
  • Staff and team wellbeing

Sands training is accredited by the Royal Society of Midwives (RCM) and can be used as evidence for revalidation and continued professional development.