SPRING – SUPPORTING PARENTS AND RELATIVES THROUGH BABY LOSS
Everything we do is to benefit bereaved parents and relatives who experience the loss of a baby. We offer support for baby loss that occurs at any stage of pregnancy, at, or just after birth – whatever the circumstances and however long ago. Our services include: emotional and practical support at the point of loss; professional counselling; open support meetings for parents and relatives; and ways to remember our babies. We are also here to support bereaved parents through subsequent pregnancies.
We work closely with medical professionals, and others who come into contact with parents and relatives whose babies die. By sharing our experience, we help ensure bereaved parents are treated sensitively and with genuine care.
It’s a cause we are passionate about because we understand. And whilst we can’t make everything better, we believe our approach helps to make sure things aren’t worse for bereaved parents and relatives.
‘It was the most bittersweet moment of my life at 12.12pm on Wednesday 21st May, when I saw her gorgeous little body and fell absolutely in love with her, yet knew she would never breathe or grow, and I had less than a day with her’… It is a little corny but it began with sunshine…
‘I had a horrible feeling that something was wrong but I tried to stay positive like people tell you to do. She placed the monitor on my stomach but couldn’t seem to detect a heartbeat. I now realise she had just tried to keep us calm by saying ‘where is he hiding?’. She disappeared from…
‘I assumed as we had already had a loss we would just sail through this pregnancy like before, but I was wrong. We had our 20 week scan at 21 weeks and all was going well until the nurse announced she ‘was not happy with the scan’… Our first child came along with really no effort…
‘Such a difficult experience knowing that after the labour and delivering the girls we would not have the joy of holding two healthy, crying babies in our arms’… In March 2013 we were delighted when we found out we were expecting our first baby. So when we had our twelve week scan at the end…
‘The enormity of what we had lost hit us as we said goodbye; it wasn’t just Fraser the baby we had lost, it was Fraser the toddler, the teenager, the adult…’ Part 1 – The Beginning of Baby Fraser Steve and I met in 2004 in our early thirties. Steve already had a teenage daughter…
Open support meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month between 7.30pm – 9.00pm at St. Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre, Kingston Road, Poole BH15 2LT
This is an informal parent peer support group, facilitated by qualified counsellors and health professionals.
The meetings are friendly and relaxed and open to anyone who has experienced the death of a baby, either in pregnancy or shortly after birth.
For further information Tel: 01202 448084
SPRING Workshop – Have your say!
Saturday 30 September
9.30 am – 1.30pm
Post Graduate Centre, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole
We are reviewing SPRING’s constitution – the governing document which sets out what SPRING does and how it is run – and we’d love you to get involved!
We’re hosting a workshop on Saturday 30 September (9.30am – 1.30pm) at Poole Hospital for bereaved parents and professional involved with supporting bereaved families. Together we’ll explore ideas about what SPRING is about, how it operates, and the role and operation of the SPRING core committee.
We hope the session will be creative and productive – and hopefully fun too! Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
Please message us if you’d like to join us at the workshop – or if you’d like more info.
We really do want to hear what bereaved parents think, so if you’d like to be involved, but are not able to get along to the workshop, please get in touch so we can keep you posted and get your feedback. We’ll also keep you updated and seek your views via email and Facebook posts.
Contact us for Support
Early pregnancy loss
18 weeks plus