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This is a list we will keep adding to as resources come to our attention. We hope you find comfort in other people's stories - as well as further information, advice and support.
October 04, 2023
It is the club that no one wants to be a member of, yet sadly Tommy’s estimates that a quarter of expectant parents experience the heartbreak of miscarriage or baby loss. Whilst it is still not talked about enough, we have come a long way in opening up about this hard and emotive subject and whatever your story, you can find connection, hope and solace through a raft of books, blogs and online communities.
This blog post will be an ongoing project for us at Cruse Scotland – we’ll add to it when anything new pops into our consciousness. But for now, it’s a collection of resources that we have used ourselves or have recommended to clients.
If you would like to recommend any other resources (books, podcasts, blogs, newsletters, Instagram accounts etc.) – ideally based in the UK – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Instagram @crusescotland.
The Memorial Book of Pregnancy and Baby Loss Prior to 24 Weeks is a commemorative record introduced by the Scottish Government in 2023 that is held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
It offers the opportunity to provide recognition and may offer comfort to those who wish to have a record of their loss. It was developed after listening to people who have experienced a pregnancy or baby loss prior to 24 weeks of pregnancy. For further information and to make an application for an entry, visit the NRS website.
Journalist friends Emma and Gabby share the challenges of infertility, and invite guest speakers to cover all aspects of reproductive health, grief, hope and loss. Instagram @bigfatnegative
Glasgow-based Emma speaks openly about her own experiences of miscarriage, and welcomes her friends to share their stories, to offer hope, advice and support for those going through similar challenges. Instagram @hopesanddreamspodcast
Held in our Hearts is an Edinburgh-based charity providing baby loss counselling and support. They have just started a podcast – find episodes by scrolling to the bottom of their homepage.
Information, advice and research about pregnancy, miscarriage and baby loss.
Information and research about stillbirth and neonatal death. Sands also offers regional support groups and a helpline.
Information, a helpline and live chat service for anyone experiencing a miscarriage.
Specialist support and advice for those who have experienced an ectopic pregnancy.
Advice for parents about safe sleep, plus a helpline, webchat and Facebook Group for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child.
Dedicated to the sudden unexpected death of babies and young children - funding research, providing support for bereaved families, and educating the public and professionals about sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI).
The At a Loss site can help bereaved people find support that is local to them.