Project information

Stillbirth Beravement Training for Midwives

Stillbirth is one of the most devastating of losses and in the UK alone 17 babies are stillborn every day. Bereavement training for midwives can help them to understand the devastating effect a still birth can have on the parents and family.


Charity information: Abigail's Footsteps

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  • Need


    Currently 17 babies a day (Over 6000 a year) are either stillborn or die a neo-natal death in the UK, nearly 1% of all births. Better training and awareness will ensure better care in the hospital and at home and that patients and their child are afforded the utmost respect and help at their time of need. To be told at the time they can wash and dress their baby, to know they can have their baby blessed and to know about funeral arrangements at the time and not weeks later when it is too late


    Abigail's Footsteps aims to provide funding to enable every midwife in Great Britain to have the opportunity to access Bereavement Training. The one day course for up to 20 delegates is entitled Supporting Families through Pregnancy Loss and Death of a Baby. It provides attendees with the opportunity to explore the impact that pregnancy loss and the death of a baby can have on the family and identify the communication skills required to support them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To run up to 8 Bereavement Training courses in 2015


    » Continue to fundraise by holding various events including a Ball, Golf Day and Cyclethon at Brands Hatch in Kent.
    » Apply to local grant making trusts and organisations to fund a Bereavement Training course in their area.
    » Work with our existing volunteer fundraisers and encourage new support by promoting the work of the charity using traditional press and social media.

    What success will look like

    Success will be that up to 160 midwives will have attended a Bereavement Training course by the end of 2015.

  • Impact


    It is an unfortunate fact that many parents who suffer a stillbirth do not have a good experience in hospital due to insensitive practices and comments made by midwives, such as 'at least you know you can get pregnant' or 'we have to give priority to those mothers giving birth to live babies'

    Bereavement Training will empower midwives with the knowledge and understanding of the devastating effect the loss of a baby can have on the parents and how they can support them.


    The risk is that NHS Trusts and Hospitals could chose not to work with Abigail's Footsteps and deny their midwives the opportunity to receive Bereavement Training. We plan to deal with this risk by working hard to build those relationships with the hospital. If the hospital does not wish to work with us then we would offer their midwives the opportunity to attend a course at an external location.


    Funders of this project would receive regular updates on the project detailing the ongoing and further training locations for the training and number of midwives that have been trained.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Bereavment Training Holding up to 8 Bereavment Training courses for up to 20 midwives per course.
  • Background


    The Bereavement Training courses will take place at locations across Great Britain.


    1) The midwives who attend the Bereavement Training
    The training will give the midwives the knowledge and understanding to be able to deal compassionately with the parents who suffer the loss of a baby.

    2) The parents
    Parents who are looked after by a midwife who has received some sort of Bereavement Training have a much more positive experience during their time in hospital at what can be a very difficult and emotional time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Abigail's Footsteps are fast becoming the leading national charity focussed on Stillbirth Bereavement. We believe in working in partnership with other bereavement charities and organisations to ensure that midwives and parents get the all of the information and support they need to help them to deal with the devastating loss of a baby.

    For the first time we have brought together the Royal College of Midwives, Child Bereavement UK and SANDS to create an online Bereavement Training course.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julia Lawrence

    Julia is Director of Training at Child Bereavement UK, our training partners. Julia facilitates the training courses funded by Abigail's Footsteps.