In-house half day course

Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Sands half-day in-house course for professionals

We offer 2 versions:

  • Half-day Course Version 1: For 20 participants and under
  • Half-day Course Version 2: For 21 to 40 participants

“Really useful session… I now feel more confident in dealing with people who have lost a baby.” Course participant, Medway 2015

Aims & Outcomes 

Aim of the half-day courses

Our Bereavement Care half-day course for professionals has been awarded professional accreditation from the Royal College of Midwives. It lasts 3 hours and aims to enable professionals to gain the essential knowledge and insight to provide good, sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth.  It is suitable for all professionals who provide care for bereaved parents.

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.
  • Understand the key elements of communicating sensitively and effectively with bereaved parents.
  • Recognise the importance of on-going support for bereaved parents and the potential impact of their loss on all subsequent pregnancies.

Day Plans

Cost and how to book

Course cost

Please contact us to discuss the cost of booking a workshop.

The price includes:

  • Hand-outs 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

  • Half-day course version 1 - 20 participants and under:

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

  • Half-day course version 2 - 21 to 40 participants:

A room or lecture theatre with PowerPoint facilities. A projector, screen, flipchart with paper/pens and refreshments.

How to book

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

In-house one day course

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. 

Aims & outcomes

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

Cost and how to book

Workshop cost

Please contact us to discuss the cost of booking a workshop.

The price 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.