Sands offer four skills-based one-day workshops, which have all been awarded professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives (with the exception of the day for doulas):

Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Sands training for midwives

Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Sands training for student midwives

Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Sands training for doulas

Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Sands training for multi-disciplinary groups*

Suitable for all professionals who provide care for parents who experience the death of a baby, including midwives, obstetricians, sonographers, neonatal and gynaecology ward staff.

The workshops are run by a skilled facilitator who uses film, audio clips, presentation, discussion, reflection and group exercises to enable participants to develop the knowledge, insight and skills to provide high quality, sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby.

Fantastic study day. Well organised, good subject content. Wide range of learning aids. Thoroughly recommend to all health professionals’  Course participant: North Devon, 2015

An excellent day. An excellent facilitator. Should be compulsory for all student midwives and midwives’  Course participant: Cardiff, 2014

Excellent @SandsUK workshop for student midwives today at Uni -@TeesEBM2015 Thank you so much - speakers and facilitator were amazing!

— Gemma Gordon (@27gemma10) February 9, 2016

Each workshop has been designed to help participants consider the feelings associated with a perinatal loss and the unique nature of childbearing bereavement. 

During the workshops participants hear a bereaved parents’ perspective from an invited speaker, and look at the wider impacts of a baby’s death.

Participants explore the crucial importance of supportive listening and communication skills – exploring how to break bad news with sensitivity and how to provide empathic, supportive care in the aftermath.

They go on to consider the different ways bereaved parents can create memories of their baby, and the skills involved in supporting parents to navigate their way through the many difficult choices they face.

The workshop then centres on the professional themselves and the crucial importance of self-care.  Important aspects of on-going care for parents as they leave hospital and later are then explored, including care in subsequent pregnancies. 

Finally, participants create their own best practice points to action on their unit, and set their own personal objectives to ensure that they are able to provide the best possible bereavement care for bereaved parents. 

Information and prices 2015 – 2016

Capacity Maximum 20 participants

Timing 0930 – 1630 (6 Contact hours)

Aim of the one-day workshops

To enable health professionals to develop the knowledge, insight and skills to provide high quality, sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the unique impact of grief in relation to pregnancy loss and the death of a baby for parents and their families.
  • Identify, develop and use techniques to deliver bad news and communicate sensitively and effectively with bereaved parents.
  • Enable bereaved parents to make informed choices about the memories they create with their baby and what happens to their baby’s body.
  • Recognise the impact of pregnancy loss and the death of a baby on health professionals and be able to access available support.
  • Recognise the importance of on-going support for bereaved parents and the potential impact of their loss on all subsequent pregnancies.

Day Plans

Workshop cost

£840*. Only £42 per person (based on 20 participants)

It includes:

  • A reflective workbook for each participant which includes information on bereavement care for the individual professional as well as practical information for the maternity unit.
  • A set of our publications (both for professionals and for parents and their families) that will be displayed in the workshop and then be given to the hospital, university or organisation.
  • Trainers’ fee, expenses and all administrative costs.

*Please contact us to discuss if cost is prohibitive as we may be able to find a solution to meet your needs.

What you need to provide

A large room (not a lecture theatre) with PowerPoint facilities and capacity for a big semi-circle of 20 easily-movable chairs; a projector, screen, flipchart with paper/pens and refreshments.

How to book

To book or for more information contact: training.professionals@uk-sands.org.

If you are a Doula and would like more information about Sands training for Doulas click here.