Losing your baby banner image 3

Rainbow iStock-608006196.jpg

The death of a baby is shocking and painful. As parents, we hold close to our hearts many hopes and dreams for our baby and when a baby dies those expectations and dreams slip away. Understandably, parents feel overwhelmed by feelings of confusion, isolation, intense sadness and despair under these circumstances.

Every year about 2200 babies are stillborn in Australia. That means that six Australian families will experience the devastation of stillbirth every day. Stillbirth means when a baby dies before or during birth, and can occur at any time from 20 weeks until full term (40 - 42 weeks). Unfortunately, in some cases the reason for a baby being stillborn during an otherwise healthy pregnancy may never be known.

For every baby that dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Australia, 35 babies are stillborn.

If you are a parent who has experienced the loss of a baby, or if you know someone who has known this loss, we offer you our heartfelt sympathy. We recognise the importance of your baby and acknowledge the loss that you are feeling.

Please remember that you are not alone - talk to your midwife, doctor or social worker if you need more support from our team.

The links below are for organisations that provide helpful information, and bereavement support telephone lines 24-hours a day, for families who have suffered the loss of a child.

Bereavement Support

Red Nose Grief and Loss bereavement support services assist families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, during birth, pregnancy or infancy, regardless of the cause.

Our support services are extensive and include counselling, parent and family support, peer support, sibling support, grandparent support groups, group activities, annual memorial services, telephone counselling and a national 24 hour freecall 1300 bereavement support line.

Services are available to families and their support network free of charge.

We know that over 9 children under 4 years of age die suddenly and unexpectedly every day in Australia and that up to 60 people are affected by the death of one child.

For this reason, our bereavement support services are vital for all Australian families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. Our support is ongoing for families and can be tailored to their individual needs.

SANDS is an organisation supporting woman and families experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

Hearfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illness.

To access Bereavement Support Services in your State or Territory call our 24 hour bereavement support line on 1300 308 307.

Fact sheets

Now I carry you in my heart instead of my arms