If you are reading this as a bereaved parent, we are deeply sorry about the death of your baby.
The death of a baby is a truly devastating event for parents and families. Like many bereaved families, you may be experiencing profound grief, anger, confusion, and other complicated emotions at this time. You may also have many questions about what to do next, and where to seek support.
Below is a list of support services and online resources and information for parents and families in Australia whose baby has died. These links include services offering counseling, practical support, and information to assist you to make decisions during this difficult time.
We have tried to make this list very comprehensive. If you are a bereaved parent or supporter and would like to suggest to add a resource/link, please contact us to let us know.
Angel Gowns Australia is a not‐for-profit charity that supplies Angel Gown garments to families whose baby has died.
The Angel Gowns Australia website provides a list of hospitals and funeral homes that carry a supply of gowns. You can also contact Angel Gowns Australia directly with urgent requests.
Visit the link below for more.
Bears of Hope, provides support to parents whose baby has died during pregnancy or infancy. The Bears of Hope website includes a Parent Information area that offers information and support on various topics.
Topics include preparing for birth, funeral arrangements, coping with depression, and many more. Visit the link below for more.
Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers across Australia and New Zealand. Heartfelt photographers give the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious and terminal illnesses.
You can request a photographer via the Heartfelt website. Visit the link below for more.
Red Nose has a dedicated Grief and Loss website called 'Guiding Light' for parents and families experiencing the sudden or unexpected death of a baby or young child.
The website contains general articles on grief and loss, and dedicated Support Libraries for grandparents, parent supporters, and professionals. Information about work entitlements (e.g. leave entitlements and Centrelink) is also provided.
Red Nose also offers 24/7 telephone support and local support services across various locations in Australia. Visit the link below for more.
Sands Australia provides support to bereaved parents after miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth, or newborn death. Written information resources are available on the Sands website.
You can also access 24/7 telephone support through Sands' National Support Line, access online live chats with Sands' Volunteer Parent Supporters, seek email support, and find out about face-to-face support groups in your area. Visit the link below for more.
The Stillbirth Foundation Australia has collated the experiences of many Stillparents. The Foundation has put together a range of online facts sheets and support resources. A range of topics are covered, such as "Is there a right way to grieve?", "Will our relationship change?", and "How can I help my other children cope?".
Support for wider families and friends, and for care providers, is also covered. Visit the link below for more.