I have put together a list of resources that have helped me navigate through the pain of losing Hamish:
Organisations for support:
Sands – Sands provides support, information and education to anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. They have helplines you can call up and they also have face to face events. There is lots of info on their website.
Bears of Hope – Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support provides leading support and exceptional care for families who experience the loss of their baby. Bears of Hope has a great Facebook group for grieving parents. There is also one group set up just for Dads.
Still Aware – Still Aware is driving change and working tirelessly towards reducing preventable stillbirth. Change prior to the event. Change through education of clinicians and expectant families. We continue to work with key researchers in the field to gather and report data of care provisions already offered internationally, but which are not offered to Australian patients. Still aware also share stories on their blog of other parents that have been through stillbirth and I found it really helpful to read through these. Also I am so aligned with Still Aware as I too believe stillbirths can be reduced in Australia with more education and awareness.
Stillbirth Foundation Australia – The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is the only Australian charity dedicated to stillbirth research. We are 100 percent community funded. It was launched by Emma McLeod in October 2005 after Olivia, Emma’s second child and first daughter, died unexpectedly in utero and was born still on 31 July 2002. They have a birth remembrance on their website for all the babies gone too soon. They also have information for parents who are dealing with their grief.
Pregnancy Loss Journey Podcast – Christy started this website and podcast after she lost her daughter Chloe in 2016. Christy has shared many women’s stories through her blog and podcast and has provided much comfort for parents dealing with pregnancy loss.
Oprah Supersoul Conversations – This podcast has also been very comforting to me. Particularly the episodes 12 and 41 which are focussed around dealing with loss and grief.
Mamamia – Mamamia has put together a book called ‘Never Forgotten’ sharing many women’s stories of pregnancy loss from miscarriage to stillbirth. Reading these stories has made me feel less alone on this journey. They also have many blogs on these topics.
Still Standing Mag – In the face of loss and infertility, our mission is to show the world that we are still standing. Holding fast to resilience and hope. Our mission is to help you embrace life for everything that it is after experiencing the loss of a child or infertility.
Glow In The Woods – Parents of lost babies and potential of all kinds: come here to share the technicolour, the vividness, the despair, the heart-broken-open, the compassion we learn for others, having been through this mess — and see it reflected back at you, acknowledged and understood.
Stillbirth Stories – Audio interviews. The ambition of the archive is to provide an authentic and intimate insight into the experiences of parents and clinicians and the impact that stillbirth can have personally and professionally. To date, we have recorded 22 interviews: 17 with parents and five with clinicians.
Still Born and Still Breathing – Stillbirth blog about life after loss.
Carlie Marie Project Heal – Carlie is a writer, artist, heartworker and mother of 4. One of her biggest passions is helping women through the grief of pregnancy and infant loss. After the loss of her son Christian she started creating beautiful artworks for parents and also writes beautifully on her blog about her personal experience.
Joy Hope Love by Rowena Mabbott – Rowena is a fellow Beautiful You life coach who works with women through transitions in their life. Using her own experience dealing with the grief of losing her son she helps other women navigate through this. Her blog has interviews with women that have experienced loss and how they have coped through it.