Offering high-quality individualised support for parents when a baby dies can be difficult. Each Sands doula workshop is run by a skilled facilitator who uses film, audio clips, presentation, discussion, reflection and group exercises to enable participants to develop their knowledge, insight and skills to provide high quality, sensitive support to parents whose baby dies before, during or shortly after birth.

“I really cannot speak highly enough of this workshop.  It's left me feeling pretty emotionally "full", which I expected, but it surpassed my expectations in terms of the content, the mix of media and learning tools, and Lisa's truly excellent and professional facilitation.  I feel privileged to have attended and will most certainly recommend this training to all of my colleagues who work in birth.” Ly, Doula workshop participant, Cardiff

“Doulas have an important role to play when supporting expectant parents who experience the death of their baby, and when supporting parents in subsequent pregnancies who may need additional support. We hope our new doula workshop will positively add to the already excellent care that doulas give.”  Sands Improving Bereavement Care Manager

The doula workshop has been designed to take participants on a journey that starts with considering the unique impact of grief in childbearing loss.  Participants hear a bereaved parents’ experience of loss from an invited speaker, and look at the wider impact of a baby’s death on parents and their families. We also explore sensitive and effective communication skills to support parents at the point of loss and beyond.

Participants go on to explore the many different ways bereaved parents can create memories of their baby, and the skills involved in enabling parents to navigate their way through the many difficult choices they face. We also look at important aspects of care for parents including during subsequent pregnancies.

Sands offers evidence based and skills focused bereavement care workshops for doulas. The parent experience runs throughout each workshop, with a guest parent speaker, film, audio and parent quotes.

The day was exceptional and will change the way I support all families, not only grieving ones.” Doula workshop participant

The course was extremely valuable”, Tortie, Doula workshop participant

Aim of the one-day workshop

To enable doulas 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 communicate sensitively and effectively with bereaved parents.
  • Understand the choices available to parents after the death of their baby and support them in making their decisions.
  • Recognise the impact of pregnancy loss and the death of a baby on doulas 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 plan

​Timing 09:30 – 16:30 (6 Contact hours)

“Very good day, nice break for group activities and I have learnt plenty of new information that I can take with me in my role and personal life.” Doula, Hull

Workshop cost (in-house)

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 copy of our benchmark publication: Pregnancy Loss & the Death of a Baby: Guidelines for Professionals (2007) for the host organisation.
  • 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.

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

If you are a doula or are involved with a doula network and want to book training in your area, please contact Sands: