SUPPORT

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.

During these Covid-19 times, SPRING has been unable to hold its monthly Group Support Meetings in the usual way.

However, we are pleased to inform you that we are once again able to offer bereaved parents and their families the opportunity to attend our monthly Group Support Meetings virtually, via the online hub “Microsoft TEAMS”.

These meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every month, 7pm-8.30pm, facilitated by one of our specialist bereavement counsellors.  The first session will be held on Wednesday, 07 October 2020.

There will be a maximum of 10 registrations available for each session with up to 2 people per registration to ensure that everyone taking part receives a high level of support from the counsellor facilitating the session.

To register your interest, please email maternity.counsellors@uhd.nhs.uk where you will be added to the TEAMS meeting and an email with a link to the session will be forwarded to you.

TEAMS is free and secure to use, and you can easily join as a guest.  Once you have received the  email with the TEAMS Meeting invite, you can click the “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” link and open TEAMS where you will be admitted into the meeting by the counsellor on the date and time advertised.

TEAMS can be used on laptops, mobiles phones and on tablets. If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us here at SPRING at spring.support@uhd.nhs.uk

“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.”

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).

Please note that due to Government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 our counselling sessions are being held by virtual face to face sessions, or via the telephone.

Counselling sessions 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: 0300 019 8752

Email: maternity.counsellors@uhd.nhs.uk

SPRING Coffee Mornings – now being held “virtually”

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

At present, unfortunately, in accordance with the Government’s Guidelines in relation to the  Covid-19 situation, our coffee mornings will not be held as usual.  However, we are now holding virtual coffee mornings once a month on a Saturday morning between 1000-1100. Please see our regular updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SPRINGsupport. As and when the situation changes, we will post updates on our social media platforms.