Baby Loss

Here are local and national organisations, resources and information relating to baby loss, including neo-natal death, pregnancy loss, still birth and post abortion loss.  


Petals is the baby loss counselling charity. Petals provides free counselling to bereaved parents following the loss of a pregnancy or baby, including miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons and neonatal loss.  The vision is that every parent in the UK has easy and timely access to specialist counselling following baby loss.

Counselling support can be requested by asking a maternity bereavement professional to complete a referral form at the website.

Phone: 0300 6880068

Email: [email protected]


Sands is here to support anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby to offer understanding and comfort. Every day, we work to improve the care, discover why babies are dying and reduce inequalities in healthcare.

At Sands, we understand how devastating it is when a baby dies as many of us have been through the experience ourselves. Sands offers different channels through which we can support you.

Phoneline: 0808 164 3332

Email: [email protected]

The Mariposa Trust

The aims of the Mariposa Trust remain as follows:  Creating global services of remembrance that allow people to grieve in a supportive environment; Creating a comprehensive support structure, allowing people to access the support they need; Improving the care and support of anyone going through loss; Changing the taboo nature of baby loss, allowing for more open discussion, acceptance and support.

Today the charity provides a wide range of resources, information, advice, support, befriending, campaigning and much more.

St Helena bereavement support

We offer bereavement support to all those who have been bereaved in north and mid Essex, regardless of the cause of death or when or where the individual has died. 

Our bereavement support includes one-to-one counselling and support, based on an assessment of your needs. We have an experienced team of specialist bereavement volunteers and counsellors able to provide this support. At present, one to one support is provided face to face or via telephone.

We offer bereavement support groups designed to provide support, information and coping strategies for people who are adjusting to living with grief. We also offer therapeutic counsellor-led groups for support after bereavement by suicide, stillbirth and neo-natal death, or the death of a child. Our groups are welcoming and run by experienced staff and volunteers.

Phone: 01206 984 274