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- Bliss is the national premature and special care baby charity. The Bliss website has lots of information on it designed for families of premature babies. The Bliss message boards also provide a place online where parents can chat. Visit www.bliss.org.uk.
- Sands is a national charity that supports anyone who is affected by the death of a baby. For more information, please visit Sands. The Newcastle support group has its own website here.
- The Birth Trauma Association is a national charity that provides support and information for women who display symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder following the birth of their child. Visit www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk for more details.
- For information about Postnatal Depression, the following websites may be useful www.joebingleymemorialfoundation.org.uk, NHS Choices and Mind (the mental health charity).
- Every year, October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, where people around the world light candles at 7pm to remember babies who have sadly passed away (the International Wave of Light). In previous years, there have been local events in the North East to mark this occasion. For more information, visit www.october15th.com.
- Tommy’s is a national charity that funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents on a range of topics including prematurity and stillbirth. For more information, visit www.tommys.org
- World Prematurity Day takes place on 17th November and is an international collaboration by hundreds of organisations and many thousand individuals with an interest in premature birth.
- Many of the national parenting websites have information about premature birth and stillbirth, and chatrooms where you can make contact with other parents for support and information. Sites include Netmums (which also has a very active local site), Mumsnet, Baby Centre and the National Childbirth Trust.
- Counselling Directory aims to provide a comprehensive resource for those needing emotional support. There is general information on counselling and also various pages within a what’s worrying you section including bereavement counselling http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bereavement.html