I have lost a baby or young child

Experiencing the death of a young child or losing a baby during pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can face.

Such a loss is devastating.

You will not only be grieving for the loss of your child but also for the hopes and dreams you had for them and for your future life together.

How can I find support?

Leeds has a Bereavement Midwife who is trained to care for and support women and families who suffer the loss of a baby in pregnancy or the first week of life. She is responsible for offering emotional support, information and practical guidance to women who:

  • Experience miscarriage from 14 weeks.
  • Experience stillbirth or neonatal death (this means in the first week of life).
  • Have an on-going pregnancy but the baby is expected to die.
  • Choose to have a termination of pregnancy because of abnormalities.
  • Have another pregnancy following the loss of a baby.

A Specialist Bereavement Midwife is someone who understands that the parents of a baby who has died will be faced with many difficult decisions and emotions. She can explain all the different options and choices at a time of great difficulty and sadness. This means that families have a dedicated person to contact whenever they have questions or requests, or simply want to talk.

You can find out more and self-refer by calling 07920029180. Find more information here

If you have lost a baby or child but you do not fit the criteria above, you can find more information about bereavement support for parents in Leeds Bereavement Forum Directory here. This includes local services, national helplines and useful websites.

Women (and their partners) who have experienced the loss of a baby through an Ectopic pregnancy can find information and support through The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

If you need to talk to someone urgently about how you are feeling - you can find help here.

How can I take care of my wellbeing during this difficult time?

It may not seem a priority but looking after yourself during this difficult time is important. Download some self-care information with ways to take care of yourself while experiencing loss or bereavement.

Ways of taking care of yourself during a bereavement

Find support

Leeds Bereavement Forum is a small charity which works to develop bereavement services in the city. If you have lost a baby or child, the Forum's directory can signpost you to the most appropriate local bereavement services.

Charlies Angels Centre offers many different kinds of support for bereaved parents and families. The Centre offers free services for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age (ranging from miscarriage to adult children) and for any reason, including stillbirth and termination. Help is also available to families that are facing a prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomaly.

Leeds Sands Stillbirth and neonatal death charity are a group of bereaved parents who provide support for other parents and families who have suffered the death of a baby either before, during, or shortly after birth. Support offered is free of charge and is open to all bereaved parents, their families and friends, no matter how long ago the loss occurred.

Hope Bereavement Support offers supportive and therapeutic groups for women and families who have experienced the loss of a child or a miscarriage in Leeds. Hope also offer workshops for mental health, emotional wellbeing and self-care.

The Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy.

Tommy's is the UK's largest charity which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust gives information and support to women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby through an Ectopic pregnancy.

Learn more

MindWell: I am experiencing a bereavement or loss - find more information about loss and the grieving process including information about losing a child.

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