Charity information


Petals - Pregnancy Expectations and Loss Society

Petals provides a specialised counselling service for women and couples who have experienced trauma or loss during pregnancy and birth

Founded 2011

  • Mission statement

    The journey of a pregnancy is full of hopes and expectations, dreams and fantasies, which for most people ends in one of life's most exciting events – the birth of a healthy baby. Sadly, every year over 12,000 parents in the UK are grief-stricken by the tragic loss of their babies. Many more suffer miscarriage of their pregnancy. This results in many parents struggling to cope with grief, trauma, depression, fear, anger, frustration and resentment.

    Petals provide a specialist counselling service dedicated to the psychological care and wellbeing of their clients. Counselling for individuals and couples who have lost their hopes, expectations and dreams of becoming parents is about supporting them to grieve their loss, then re-establish belief and trust in new hopes and expectations that life, and new life can continue.

    Petals specialises in providing emotional support for clients experiencing pregnancy-related distress. The issues that clients commonly present with include stillbirth, neo-natal loss, trauma after delivery, miscarriage, antenatal anxiety, poor fetal outcome, and post-natal depression. We aim to provide a safe space for clients to express feelings so that after each session they can re-enter their everyday lives and pressures, feeling a little more able to cope. Slowly clients learn how to manage this new experience, and to realise it is possible to control their anxiety or reconcile their feelings of loss so that they can trust and believe in their future.

  • Aims

    Petals aims to:

    • We aim to fund a specialised counselling service dedicated to supporting clients who have lost their hopes, expectations and dreams of becoming parents so they can trust and believe in their future.
    • We aim to raise awareness, through marketing research and training, of the need for psychological care for parents who suffer emotional distress in pregnancy and birth.
  • Overview

    Established: July 2011

    Registered Charity Number: 1150375

    Board members: 8

    Part time staff: 5

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 0300 688 0068

    Address: The Meadows, Joiners Road, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4NP

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