Baby deaths in the UK

The death of a baby is not rare. Every day in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. That means every 90 minutes a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby. This is unacceptable.

So it’s shocking that a lack of dedicated bereavement rooms on maternity wards means mums and dads have nowhere private to spend precious time with their baby before they have to say goodbye.

"We need to make sure that we reduce the number of babies dying every day before, during and shortly after birth; we need to make sure that everyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible bereavement care wherever they live; and we need to make sure that the amazing support that we, as Sands, offer reaches everyone who needs it." - Clea Harmer, Sands CEO

Or that gaps in training for health professionals mean parents whose hopes and happiness have been shattered are sent home without a sensitive explanation about why their baby died.

How Sands is making a difference

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We provide free support to anyone affected by the death of a baby through our national helpline, forum and network of support groups.

We train thousands of midwives, doctors and other professionals so that they can provide the care and support parents desperately need when their baby has died.

We are pioneering a National Bereavement Care Pathway that would make providing excellent bereavement care a priority for all hospitals.

And we fund research to reduce the number of babies who die every day in the UK.

But there is much more work to be done.


A world where fewer babies die

Our vision is a world where fewer babies die and every bereaved family gets the care and support they need for as long as they need it.

By 2020 we aim to reduce the number of babies dying by at least 20%, and we urgently need to fund research to better understand what causes these deaths.

We also want every bereaved parent to receive a free memory box to collect keepsakes to help them remember their precious baby.

You can help save babies’ lives

We are leading this fight but we can only make our vision a reality with your help.

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