Not all pregnancies go to plan. Problems in pregnancy that may occur include a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a molar pregnancy and stillbirth and newborn death. The loss of a pregnancy can be devastating, regardless of how it happens. This section of our site is designed to help guide you through some of the things that must be done and some of the choices you can make, as well as find out what support is available.
Many parents who experience pregnancy or newborn loss find that there is little understanding of their need to grieve. Although attitudes are changing, these deaths are often treated as unfortunate occurrences, best quickly forgotten, rather than the tragedy it often is for many families. The lack of recognition of the baby as a real person, whose death it is legitimate to mourn, may isolate parents who are bewildered by the intensity of their grief. Such isolation may prolong their grieving.
Sands has created a collection of brochures and pamphlets created to address all aspects of loss and grief surrounding the death of a baby. follow this link to view or download our brochures or order a set of brochures
To read and watch stories written by other bereaved parents then please follow this link
The Sands Australia blog brings together bloggers from all over the country to write their story and experiences. Read the Sands blog here.
Financial Support Through Centrelink:
Financial support is available to help parents whose baby has died. The link is is to the Stillborn Baby Payment, but similar arrangements are available for parents whose baby died after birth. There are specific eligibility criteria and we encourage parents to contact Centrelink to determine the most appropriate payment. You can view information here