Sands offers RCM accredited, evidence based and skills focused bereavement care training for student midwives. The parent experience runs throughout each workshop, with a guest parent speaker, film, audio and parent quotes.

‘An excellent day. An excellent facilitator. Should be compulsory for all student midwives and midwives’ Student midwife, Cardiff.

Offering high-quality individualised bereavement care for parents when a baby dies can be difficult. It is vital to equip student midwives with the skills, understanding and insight to enable them to feel confident in delivering good bereavement care.

When student midwives do not receive adequate bereavement care training before they qualify they can avoid bereavement care situations in practise. This can have a negative impact on the midwife, bereaved parents under their care and on their colleagues.

It is essential that student midwives get the opportunity to receive training in how to best care for bereaved families whilst they have support from the University and their mentor in practice.  The result will be midwives who will qualify with a sound knowledge and skill base to build on, to ensure bereaved families receive the care they need’ Julie Jones, Midwifery Lecturer

Training can also help to reduce staff stress and is essential to ensure staff well-being.

That is why Sands offers RCM accredited, evidence based and skills focused Bereavement care training tailored specifically for student midwives. 

 

One Day course

Our one-day course enables student midwives 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.

Course 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 or university.
  • 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. 

 

Half-day workshop

  • Half-day Workshop Version 1: For  up to 20 participants and under
  • Half-day Workshop Version 2: For up to 50 participants and under

Our Bereavement Care half-day courses have been awarded professional accreditation from the Royal College of Midwives.  They are based on current research, best practice and guidance, and use the voices and experiences of bereaved parents and their families throughout.  They aim to enable professionals to gain the essential knowledge and insight to provide sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby.  They are suitable for all professionals who provide care for bereaved parents.

They do not allow as much time and therefor as much detail, but are still very valuable face-to-face learning opportunities for student midwives.

Really informative half-day which incorporated important aspects of behaviours, skills and knowledge needed’ Student midwife, Canterbury.

Enjoyed the session, lots of info to take with me as I move to the next stage of my career. Thank you’, Student midwife, Hull

Timings and session plans

Each half-day is 3 ½ hours long (3 ½ contact hours) and costs £600*.

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

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.