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Sands is delighted to announce the launch of a new book, ‘How I came to hold you’, which is available today.This is the charity’s first ever eBook publication, and is also available as a hard copy.
Written by Ben Wakeling, ‘How I came to h…old you’ explores the experiences of 17 parents whose babies died, and how they coped with the journey of becoming pregnant again.
Described by Coronation Street star Kym Lomas as “heart-breaking and heart-warming,” the book is available to download on Amazon (price £2.99), and hard copies can be ordered from the Sands shop (price £6.99).
Following an announcement in November 2012 that funding was being made available to improve hospital birthing environments, the Department of Health has now confirmed that around 20 hospitals will receive money to improve their on-site bereavement facilities.
Visit the Sands website to read more.
Inducing labour in older mums may reduce the risk of stillbirth, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in a new paper published today.
In it’s response to the paper, Sands said that every year hundreds of stillbirths are potentially avoidable with better, more targeted care, and that the offer of induction to older women, which research has long shown are at greater risk of losing their baby just around the time when they are preparing for birth, could save babies’ lives.
See the story on BBC online, featuring Sands response.
Following two years of work behind the scenes, Sands has launched a new ‘post mortem consent package’ for health professionals, and bereaved parents following the death of their baby.
The package has been specifically designed to mak…e it easier for health professionals and parents to discuss the difficult topic of a post mortem and to ensure that parents can make an informed choice as to whether to have a post mortem examination of their baby.
The Independent on Sunday ran an in-depth news story about the package.
Click here to read more.
A special service of remembrance for babies, who left us too soon, is being held in Newcastle city centre this December.
The service called “To Remember Our Babies” is held at:
St James’ United Reformed Church
Newcastle upon Tyne
Friday, 7th December at 7.30pm: Lights of Love 2012.
With the Christmas season just around the corner, Sands UK is pleased to announce the details of this year’s ‘Lights of Love’ evenings.
Held at various venues across the country at 7.30pm on 7th December, the ‘Lights of Love’ evenings provide a time of peace and reflection for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby.
This year, Lights of Love evenings will be held in Huddersfield, London, Stirling, Nottingham, Norfolk, Portadown, Cardiff, Liverpool and Guernsey.
Click here for more details.
Tony and Karen Whalen’s story published in The Journal on Tuesday October 9, 2012.
If you live in the Ashington or North Shields area, please click here for The Teardrop Support Group details and meetings.
I know it is “old” news now but Edyta took part in this year’s Great North Run and raised over £560 for the group.
Well done and thank you to everyone who supported her!
A special thank you to Tait Walker Chartered Accountants for donating £100!