Birth trauma and/or birth loss - which services can offer psychological help?

If someone is experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of birth trauma and / or birth loss, but has not received any help to date, there are a wide range of services that can provide therapies, support and advice to people and their families.

Publication date:
01 March 2021
Date range:
March 2021 - March 2022

How can I find out more about the service?

For more information, contact the team administrator on 01227 768928. They can also put someone in touch with a
clinician for advice on the referral, if appropriate.

There are a range of charities that can help to provide someone with support and advice:

Abigail’s Footsteps

Abigail’s Footsteps are a baby loss charity providing support and counselling for bereaved parents and families as well a specialist bereavement training for midwives and healthcare professionals.

Since 2010, they have worked to improve the way bereaved parents are cared for by hospitals and to better educate midwives on how to care for grieving parents.

For information, please visit Abigail's Footsteps

Birth Trauma Association (BTA)

The Birth Trauma Association are a charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma. Some also refer to this as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.

For information, please visit Birth Trauma Association

Specific support for partners can be located found on the fathers and partners page of the Birth Trauma Association website

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK help children and young people (up to age 25), parents and families to rebuild their lives when a
child grieves or when a child dies.

They also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care
to bereaved families.

For information, please visit Child Bereavement UK

Dads in Mind

Dads in Mind offer both group and 1:1 support to dads supporting their partners with mental health during pregnancy
and after birth and/or experiencing depression/anxiety related to their own new role as a parent.

All their support workers have lived experience of managing mental ill health and/or supporting their partner and are keen to give partners the opportunity to have their voices heard too.

For more information, please visit Dads in Mind

Make Birth Better

A collective of experts who bring together lived experience and extensive professional knowledge of birth trauma and vicarious trauma.

Make Birth Better raise awareness of traumatic birth, offer training and support, undertake research and have an Expert
Voices Group that share their insights and advice on birth trauma.

For information, please visit Make Birth Better

Specific support for partners can be located here

Making Miracles

Making Miracles was founded in 2014 after its founder experienced a traumatic high risk pregnancy and the near loss
of life of her daughter.

They offer professional counselling, baby trauma and bereavement care and also support and advice via one to one discussion or group forums.

Making Miracles is open to all the family including parents, grandparents and siblings.

For information, please visit Making Miracles


MIND provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to
improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

For more information, please visit MIND


Sands is a UK stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Their aim is to help reduce the number of babies who lose their life, and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Sands provides bereavement support services, both nationally through its freephone helpline, mobile app, online community and resources, and locally through a UK-wide network of around 100 regional support groups.

For information, please visit Sands