Looking after your mental health

As a group of health professionals we recognise that the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health and well-being. Pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period often brings with it added anxiety and concerns about your mental health and well-being. We have created this page to signpost you to existing support and provide some useful tips during this time.

If you have any concerns about your mental health and well-being please remember to contact your GP , midwife or health visitor and they will provide you with the support and help that you need.

Click here to access guidance from AWARE on how to look after the mental health of you and your baby.

Useful links:

 

Support for victims of domestic abuse

You can speak to your midwife in confidence about any concerns you have about your own, your baby’s or your children’s safety. She can provide you with support and guidance.

You can also access help from Women’s Aid, an organisation that help women to escape from abuse, or Victim Support NI, an independent charity that offer a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported and regardless of how long ago the event took place.

Click to visit Women's Aid websiteClick to visit Victim Support NI's website


Pregnancy and baby loss 

 

Learning that you have lost, or will lose a pregnancy or baby, or the loss of a child before during or after birth, can be a confusing and profoundly distressing time for many parents.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought additional challenges, with changes to maternity services, and social distancing restrictions that may add to your feelings of grief or isolation.

It is important to know that in addition to services provided by your Trust, support for families bereaved through pregnancy or baby loss is still available through these challenging times.

The following charities/ support groups can offer online advice, information and support :


The Miscarriage Association

We know that miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, whether recently or long ago, we hope that you will find here support, information and comfort.
Helpline: 01924 200 799
Web: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
A registered national charity, established to meet the needs of people who have experienced ectopic pregnancy and the health care professionals who care for them.  The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust believes that the deaths and trauma associated with ectopic pregnancy should be prevented and seeks to both relieve the distress associated with it and provide ongoing support.
Helpline: 020 7733 2653 (24 hour message line)
Web: www.ectopic.org.uk

Sands 
Sands provide support for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies, before, during or soon after birth as well as information and support for healthcare professionals.
Web: www.northernireland.sands.org.uk

Tommy’s 
Funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and provides information on having a healthy baby.  Raises awareness of the facts and provides free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be.  This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy.
Helpline: 0800 0147 800
Web: www.tommys.org

The Compassionate Friends 
An organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.
National Helpline: 0345 123 2304 (Daily 10:00am-4:00pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm)
Northern Ireland Helpline: 0288 77 88 016 (Daily 10:00am-4:00pm, 7:00pm-9:30pm)
Email: helpline@tcf.org.uk
Web: www.tcf.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust 
The UK’s leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. Lullaby funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice, including helpline for bereaved parents and their families, friends, neighbours and anyone else who has experienced the sudden death of a baby.
Bereavement Helpline: 0808 802 6868
Web: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Anam Cara
Anam Cara Parent Bereavement understands we don’t live in an ideal world, we live in a world after our precious children have died before their time. Bereaved parents have set up this organisation to help themselves and all bereaved parents cope with their grief and loss and journey on.
Phone: +353 (0)1 4045378
Mobile: +353 (0)85 2888 888
Email: info@anamcara.ie  Web: www.anamcara.ie

Cruse Bereavement Care 
Cruse Bereavement Care offers free support for people bereaved by death, in any way, whatever their age, nationality or belief.  Help includes 1-to-1 bereavement support, bereavement support groups and advice or information on practical matters and a helpline.
Web: www.cruse.org.uk

The Mariposa Trust 
The Mariposa Trust provides services and support for anyone affected by baby loss at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy (whether recent or historic), infertility, pregnancy after loss, and more.
Web: www.sayinggoodbye.org

Informing Choices
Informing Choices (formerly Family Planning Association NI) can offer post-pregnancy counselling following miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. To make an appointment with one of our counsellors please call 028 9031 6100
Post Pregnancy Counselling

Arc Antenatal 
ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.  We’re here for as long as you need us. ARC’s helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm.
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.
Web: www.arc-uk.org

Bliss 
Bliss exists to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. We champion their right to receive the best care by supporting families, campaigning for change and supporting professionals, and enabling life-changing research.
Web: www.bliss.org.uk

TAMBA 
TAMBA Bereavement Support Group is for parents who have lost a twin/multiple or both/all twins/multiples. The support Group offers parent to parent support via their befriending service and via their closed face book bereavement support group.
Helpline: 01252 332 344 (usually 9am to 4pm weekdays but it can vary)
Email: support-team@tamba.org.uk
Web: https://twinstrust.org/bereavement.html

Tiny Life 
TinyLife, (Formerly NIMBA) Northern Ireland’s premature and vulnerable baby charity. We are dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in the six babies born every day in Northern Ireland. We are committed to providing a range of support services that meet the growing needs of families of premature babies locally. Our work supports vital research to ensure every pregnancy has the best chance of a healthy outcome and a healthy baby.
Web: www.tinylife.org.uk

Life After Loss 
Life After Loss is an online support community set up in November 2006 by bereaved mothers who find support and friendship through sharing their grief over the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after birth.
Web: www.lifeafterloss.org.uk

Aching Arms 
provide Aching Arms bears to hospitals and hospices for midwives and nurses to offer to bereaved parents in their care. We also donate bears to baby loss support groups, funeral directors and to families who contact us via our website, email, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Each bear is a comforter to hold, lets parents know they are not alone and directs parents to support agencies who can help in the devastating days, weeks, months and year after a baby loss. Their aim is to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and bring some comfort to bereaved parents and their families after the loss of a baby.
Web: www.achingarms.co.uk
Telephone: 07876 504042

Baby Loss Awareness
www.babyloss-awareness.org