Sands and Charlee's Basket working together to support bereaved parents

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In a bid to ensure that no bereaved parent in Australia is left alone and isolated, Sands Australia works tirelessly to provide timely bereavement care.

We're pleased to announce an exciting new development with Charlee's Basket becoming a part of the Sands bereavement care program.

Charlee's Basket is a small not-for-profit organisation providing care hampers to families experiencing the trauma of stillbirth or the death of a baby in the first few days after birth.

Founder of Charlee’s Basket, Shaye Woodhouse, is excited by the move. “Together we will be able to deliver more support to families facing tragic circumstances and bring positive changes for everyone who will sadly need this type of care. Charlee’s Basket has been working tirelessly to better support families experiencing the heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. It is my hope that by becoming part of Sands we will be able to provide an important care service for more bereaved parents saying goodbye to a baby far too soon," says Miss Woodhouse. “I am excited to take up the role of Care Packages Manager within the Sands team.”

The basket was first developed by Miss Woodhouse following the stillbirth of her second daughter, Charlee, in 2015.

“The death of a baby can leave parents with acute traumatic grief, yet it remains one of the most misunderstood types of loss. Charlee's Basket is a hamper designed to remind families to take care of themselves while also offering products to create memories with their baby that may not be thought of," she said.

Sands Australia CEO Andre Carvalho states “Despite the many advances in technology, research and medicine in the last decade, the rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death has not changed. Sadly, approximately one in four pregnancies will result in miscarriage today in Australia and one baby in 120 born today will be stillborn or die within the first 28 days of their life.”

The program will pilot in selected hospitals across Australia by July this year.

“Over the last 35 years Sands has made great strides in supporting bereaved parents. We now provide a National 24/7 Helpline, face-to-face support groups across many states, launched our LiveChat support service and delivered thousands of information sessions to midwives and healthcare professionals. Adding Charlee’s basket to the Sands support services will make a huge difference to families across the country experiencing this tragedy right now,” said Mr Carvalho.

Carvalho and the team at Sands are very excited about the potential for this program. “We look forward to continuing to grow our support services for bereaved parents in Australia.”

Shaye Woodhouse can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 8652 5020.