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 SPRING has evolved to help many families and friends through such devastating times.

SPRING garden

SPRING is part of Poole Hospital Charity (Registered Charity Number 1058808) and overseen by a steering group which includes 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 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.

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.

The Bereavement Suites at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit are partly funded by SPRING and provide space for parents and families to spend precious time with their baby before saying goodbye.

Our professional specialist counselling service provides confidential individual counselling and trained facilitators provide monthly open support meetings.

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. 


Over the last few days we have had some enquiries regarding our Wave of Light Event which is due to be held at Poole Park on Thursday 15 October. Unfortunately, this year, in line with Government regulations, we are sadly unable to hold this special event in the way that we have done in previous years.

However, SPRING is aiming to hold a Virtual Event which can be viewed via Facebook on the night. Further details to follow on our social media platforms and website.

Additionally, as things currently stand, the likelihood is that our lovely Christmas Service due to be held at St Mary’s Longfleet Church on the 29th November may also have to take place in a similar “virtual” way, again, more details regarding this will be announced later in the year.

Wave of Light

2020 SPRING’s Annual General Review

Please click on the link below to see a copy of SPRING’s Steering Group Annual General Review. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us at spring.support@uhd.nhs.uk