SUPPORT

Counselling services

Support for baby loss at any stage of pregnancy or birth, whatever the circumstances and however long ago.

A fully comprehensive counselling service is available for all bereaved families within Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas. All counsellors are fully qualified and adhere to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy guidelines (BACP).

Counselling session are held at:

Maple Place, St Mary’s Maternity Unit
St Mary’s Road
Poole
Dorset
BH15 2JB

Maple Place is located in the gravel car park adjacent to the maternity unit.

Contact: Karen Stevens

Telephone: 01202 448752

Email: maternity.counsellors@poole.nhs.uk

Monthly open support meetings

SPRING runs monthly open support meetings for informal peer support and are facilitated by fully qualified counsellors.

The meetings are friendly and relaxed and open to anyone who has experienced the death of a baby, either in pregnancy, at, or shortly after birth.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month 7:30 – 9pm at St Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre, Kingston Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2LP.

SPRING coffee mornings

SPRING coffee mornings take place every month in a cafe, providing an informal and relaxed environment for bereaved parents and relatives to meet over a coffee and cake.

Coffee mornings take place on the first Saturday of every month at Lounge One, 10 Adastral Square, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8SA

“I first went to an Open Support Meeting just two months after I lost my son Dominic. I didn’t know what to expect – how many people would be there – what was expected of me. I went to the meeting full of apprehension, but with a need to meet others who knew what I was going through. There were about half a dozen people there and although everyone’s circumstances varied I took comfort from the similarity of feelings and emotions in the room – it helped to ease the loneliness and reduce the niggling doubts about my own sanity.”