As a health professional, you can do a great deal to ensure parents minimise their risks of stillbirth and ensure that the memories of the parents who do experience the death of a baby are as positive as possible. Here we provide you with resources to support you in the care you give.
Bereavement Care Resources
Here are a range of tools and resources that as a health professional you can use in the support you provide.
Health professionals order form
Bereavement support materials can be ordered using the following form.
Materials include Memory Boxes, Hand and Foot Print Kits, Family Support Packs and our full range of booklets.
The Sands Guidelines - 4th edition
Since the Sands Guidelines were first published in 1991, they have become widely recognised as an essential benchmark for good practice when caring for parents who have a childbearing loss.
The 4th edition of the Guidelines is based on research findings and on widespread discussions with health professionals, parents and voluntary organisations. It covers losses at any stage during pregnancy, including early and late miscarriage and termination for fetal anomaly, as well as stillbirth and care for very ill babies and those who are likely to die shortly after birth. As well as describing what constitutes good care, the Guidelines offer practical guidance on how to meet parents’ needs.
The Guidelines are available to purchase in hard copy or electronic format. Order copies of the Sands Guidelines here.
Resources for supporting parents
The care you give the parents when a baby dies can have a huge impact on their long-term wellbeing. To help you we have a wide range of support booklets that you can order to give to parents. We also offer memory boxes and memory booklets that you can offer to parents to help them create positive memories of their baby.
Engagement letters for parents (PMRT)
Letters to engage parents in the Perinatal Mortality Review process
We've created letter templates which have been designed to help healthcare professionals to engage parents in the Perinatal Mortality Review process, in conjunction with the use of the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT).
Audits of bereavement care
Here at Sands, we are are committed to create a world where fewer babies die. One major part of this, is by working with health professionals to produce research on how this can be achieved.
Please find below a range of reports that have we have helped to produce.
Sands post mortem consent package
The information in this section is for professionals only
Due to the sensitive nature of the material, some of the information in this section is likely to be upsetting and cause distress to bereaved parents and their family and friends.
Therefore, if you are a bereaved parent or family member or friend seeking information about post-mortem examination, please see our free booklet: Deciding about a post mortem examination: Information for parents.
Order Sands Memory Boxes
***If you are a parent and would like to order a Memory Box for your own baby, please order for free in our Shop***
Sands Memory Boxes provide a place for parents to keep memories of their precious baby and an opportunity for healthcare professionals working with them to offer practical and emotional support at an extremely difficult time.
Memory boxes are also a crucial first step in the support offered by Sands to bereaved parents by reaching out at the initial moments of devastation and grief. They are free to order for your hospital or place of work.