Miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support charity, Sands Australia, is re-launching local support services in New South Wales, after a 16 year absence in the state.
Local face-to-face support groups for parents who have experienced pregnancy loss and newborn death will start in the inner west and northern suburbs of Sydney and Central Coast region from 24 April 2017.
Sands CEO, Andre Carvalho said; Although Sands support services are available nationally through our Telephone Support Line, Email and Live Chat facilities, we are very excited to have re-established a physical presence in New South Wales.
New South Wales parents will now be able to attend local face-to-face support groups and benefit from meeting and connecting with other parents who are experiencing the heartache of pregnancy loss and newborn death.
Over 29,200 babies die as a result miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death in New South Wales each year.
All Sands’ support services, including local face-face support groups are facilitated by Volunteer Parent Supporters who understand the pain and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.
Tina Riley, one of the facilitators of the face-to-face support groups, says she hopes that she can help bereaved parents feel less isolated and scared.
Tina’s first born, Charlie died two minutes after he was born. She soon fell pregnant with her daughter Neve, who was born sleeping at 41 weeks. Tina went on to have Maya, now 8 and Zack who is now 6 years old.
I know firsthand what it is like to have your baby die. To feel so alone and not know where to go.
After Charlie and Neve’s death the midwives where amazing but apart from information about funeral services, there was no other information. I had no idea what was to come and where I could get support from.
As the days, months and years passed, I felt increasingly isolated. We had nowhere to turn to and no one who really understood to talk to. Said Tina.
Tina only come across Sands some years after Charlie and Neve’s death. Hugely impressed with the support on offer, she trained to become a Volunteer Parent Supporter with Sands and began using her experience to help other grieving parents.
To bereaved parents reading this, please know that you are not alone and that your baby will never be forgotten. It is a hard journey – an emotional rollercoaster with many twists and turns. Please know that Sands is here for you to listen, comfort, support and guide you whenever you feel like reaching out.
Sands will continue to establish more local services in New South Wales, including running more face-to face support groups, memorials and other events and information sessions for midwives and healthcare professionals.
Local Face- to Face Support Group Meetings Details