Sands is here to support anyone affected by pregnancy loss and baby death, including healthcare staff, volunteers and workplace professionals.
Call our helpline if you would like to talk someone in confidence.
The Sands helpline also provides information and guidance so please do call if you require assistance when working with a bereaved parent, or family.
The NBCP is designed to ensure anyone who experiences pregnancy loss or baby death receives the best possible care.
A suite of resources to help engage parents during a review or investigation process.
This UK guidance is to support the assessment and documentation of signs of life in extremely preterm births. It aims to reduce the confusion and distress experienced by parents and increase the consistency of the registration of births and deaths.
A Sands memory box is a tool for high quality bereavement care, our boxes help parents and families establish a bond with their baby.
Making bereavement support and information and support easily accessible for families and the professionals who care for them.
Sands has a range of service and resources for hospitals and healthcare professionals. This flyer provides details of all Sands offers.
This flyer is suitable for distribution at conferences, events, hospitals and universities.
A guide for parents and families who have experienced the death of their baby. Available in Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Mandarin, Bengali, Portuguese, Punjabi, Hindi and Welsh.
One important way to increase post mortem rates is to improve the quality of the consent process. The Sands Post Mortem Consent Package improves the consent process for both bereaved parents and professionals.
A promotional postcard outlining Sands’ training offer for healthcare professionals.
This postcard is suitable for distribution at conferences, events, hospitals and universities.
If Not For You: A Memoir, Georgina Lucas
Let’s Talk About When Someone Dies: Starting conversations with children about death and bereavement, Molly Potter
If you have any book recommendations that you would like to add to this list, please contact us with your suggestions.
Hackett, J. et al. 2022. ‘It was like an airbag, it cushioned the blow’: A multi-site qualitative study of bereaved parents’ experiences of using cooling facilities. Palliative Medicine – SAGE Journals. Online
Baby Loss is a general term used around the world to describe the various experiences of pregnancy loss and the death of a baby.
The length of pregnancy or cause of death does not dictate the depth of grief felt by parents and families. In the UK, the length of pregnancy does have legal implications in respect of registration of birth and applicable statutory entitlements. The legal definitions of baby loss are:
Miscarriage, including molar and ectopic pregnancy: Pregnancy loss before 24 weeks of pregnancy
Stillbirth: death of a baby before or during birth, after 24 weeks of pregnancy
Neonatal death: is when a baby dies shortly after birth, including those born before 24 weeks of pregnancy
Termination for medical reasons (TFMR): when a pregnancy is ended because a baby is diagnosed with a medical condition. This can be at any stage of pregnancy, therefore legally defined as a miscarriage or stillbirth, depending on the length of the pregnancy
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI): death of a baby when there is no apparent cause of death