We offer genuine understanding – Contact our support line: 01202 448084

SPRING was established in 1998 to provide support to parents and relatives who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for foetal abnormality. Over the years the charity has evolved to help many families and friends through such devastating times.

SPRING is run by a core group of twelve members – a unique combination of bereaved parents and caring, committed professionals – all of whom are passionate about SPRING and matters surrounding baby loss. We are based at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit at Poole Hospital (Registered Charity Number 1058808) and cover Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.

The aim of SPRING is to support through grief at the point of loss, delivery and beyond. SPRING works closely with medical professionals to help provide a high level of care to bereaved families, alongside regular NHS services. The SPRING Suite at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit is funded by SPRING and provides a private environment for families experiencing problems during pregnancy. This facility was opened in 2002 and has proved to be an invaluable resource.

Our professional specialist counselling service provides confidential individual counselling and trained facilitators provide monthly open support meetings. SPRING’s aim for the future is to arrange Befriender Training for parents and professionals who wish to draw upon their skills and experiences to help create a wider area of support in the community.


SPRING provides three memorial events throughout the year. The Global Wave of Light service (part of Baby Loss Awareness week), the Christmas Service and the Snowdrop Walk are our ways of remembering our babies. We also hold a number of fundraising events periodically.

The Snowdrop and Forget Me Not gardens at Poole Cemetery were created in 2003 when SPRING worked alongside the cemetery to help plan and fund this project. The SPRING volunteer group work hard to maintain these special gardens.

We are also here to support and care through subsequent pregnancies. We have a genuine understanding of the concerns that can be experienced and we are here to help.

Contact us for Counselling

Early pregnancy loss

01202 448432

18 weeks plus

01202 448752