Mother’s Day can be a particularly difficult day for mums who have experienced the death of a baby. It can increase sense of isolation for many bereaved mothers and grandmothers.

For this reason the Sands Helpline will open on Sunday 11 March from 10am-3pm.

The confidential free helpline provides a safe place for bereaved mothers and anyone affected by the death of a baby to seek comfort and support. The experienced bereavement support team is there to listen and signpost to further help.

Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands, said: “Bereaved parents tell us that Mother’s Day can be highly emotional for them as they remember their babies who have died. So we have responded by extending the opening hours of our helpline on a day when they may need us the most.

I would urge anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby to get in touch if they want to talk to us on Mother’s Day. We are dedicated to providing emotional support and information right from the early hours after a baby's death, through to the weeks, months and years ahead.”

The Sands Freephone helpline number is: 0808 164 3332. Bereaved parents can also email the helpline if they would prefer at: