Welcome to Abigail’s Footsteps…
We are a baby loss charity providing support and counselling for bereaved parents and families as well as specialist bereavement training for midwives and healthcare professionals.
Since 2010, we have worked to improve the way bereaved parents are cared for by hospitals and to better educate midwives on how to care for grieving parents. Sadly, stillbirths and neo-natal deaths occur daily, yet many hospitals are not equipped to deal with the parental care required, they have inadequate facilities and their staff receive little to no bereavement training.
By working with medical professionals to understand the issues and seek solutions our charity has helped many families. One of our greatest contributions as a charity has been the creation and funding of the Abi cooling cot which allows parents valuable time to spend with their baby before saying goodbye. These cots are distributed UK wide wherever the need and as funding allows.
Our charity is funded entirely by kind donations and our fundraising activities, if you can support us in any way, we would be very grateful.
We’re so proud that we have been nominated for a Kent Mental Health and Wellbeing Award! Read more about our nomination here.
Alice, Mum to baby Scarlett
“First of all I just wanted to thank you so much for starting up Abigail’s Footsteps, you have no idea how grateful myself and my partner was for the set up you have done in Medway Hospital. We stayed there for a night with our little girl Scarlett. Words really cannot describe how much that little bit of extra time we got to spend with our beautiful little girl meant to us. So thank you so much for that.”
Claire Litchfield | Lead Midwife for Pregnancy Loss, Wexham Park Hospital
“The Abi Cot looks beautiful and is very easy to use for maternity staff, and it is very easy to move around the room. It has become a vital piece of equipment for our unit and we are so grateful to be able to offer parents precious time and space to be with their babies.”
Mum, baby stillborn at 31 weeks
“The past 6 weeks have really helped me to understand my grief, allowed me to talk through my feelings and allowed me to express my deepest thoughts.
I am so grateful to of had this opportunity, it has helped me through the darkest moment of my life. I would recommend specialist counselling to any parent who has lost a baby. I am so grateful to Abigail’s Footsteps for funding this fantastic service.”
Abigail’s Footsteps worked closely with The Bond Group to produce the Abi Cot, a specially designed and affordable cooling cot that contains a refrigerated system that allows parents to spend more time with their deceased baby than would otherwise be possible, helping them through the grieving process.
Abigail’s Footsteps have delivered over 100 Abi Cots to hospitals across the United Kingdom since 2015.
We would like to keep you updated with latest news about our work and how you can help support us through fundraising & events.