Baby Loss Counselling in Kent, Surrey, Essex and South London
We are pleased that we can offer funded baby loss counselling in Kent, Surrey, South London and Essex for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly or neonatal loss.
Baby loss counselling in Kent and the surrounding area can be hard to come across and mothers in particular who have not found support are more at risk of experiencing post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression.
Our specialist baby loss counselling with our ambassador and experienced baby loss counsellor, Naomi Marston from Lifecare Counselling helps to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of mum and the rest of the family.
Baby Loss Counselling for Parents and Children
Our funded baby loss counselling sessions help to support parents and parents who have other children. We recognise that losing a baby has an impact on the entire family and that each family member can grieve in different ways. Our baby loss counselling recognises that there is no right or wrong way to feel and also promotes the perinatal mental health of mum before she falls pregnant again
If you would like more information about our funded baby loss counselling in Kent and the surrounding areas, please contact us here.
Baby Loss Counselling Locations
We have 3 locations where we can offer baby loss counselling in Kent and the surrounding areas. You can choose from one of our locations in Sevenoaks, Westerham and ‘The Place of Quiet’ in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe.
At present, due to the current pandemic, all of our baby loss counselling sessions are taking place online.
Fundraising and Donations for Baby Loss Counselling
We are always grateful for the fundraising support we receive. If you would like to fundraise for Abigail’s Footsteps in order to help provide baby loss counselling for parents. Please contact us here.
We are also grateful for donations. Making a donation to Abigail’s Footsteps is quick is easy. Just £25 will help to partly fund vital baby loss counselling to help support parents and their families.
More About Our Baby Loss Counselling
In 2019, we recognised there was a lack of support for bereaved families in Kent and launched a new campaign to help as many parents as possible with funded baby loss counselling sessions.
We partnered with our experienced baby loss counsellor and ambassador, Naomi Marston from Lifecare Counselling and due to the fantastic response, we are pleased we can now offer baby loss counselling in Kent, East Surrey, Essex and South London.
Naomi is an experienced baby loss counsellor with over 27 years’ experience and is an advocate for maternal mental health awareness and writes many helpful blogs and advice. We work in partnership with her to provide funded baby loss counselling for parents and their families.
Naomi can help with the following:
- Counselling for a late miscarriage or fetal anomaly
- Counselling for stillbirth or neonatal loss
- Counselling for mums who have experienced loss
- Counselling for dads who have experienced loss
- Specialist support for parents on how to support children who have lost siblings
- Counselling for birth trauma after losing a baby
- Counselling for postnatal anxiety after losing a baby
- Counselling for postnatal depression after losing a baby
- Counselling for post traumatic stress after losing a baby
If you would like to make an appointment to see Naomi or would like further information, please email us.
Baby Loss Awareness Alliance
Abigail’s Footsteps is a member of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance, in 2019 they published a campaign report, which revealed that 60% of bereaved parents surveyed felt they needed specialist psychological support for their mental health, but were not able to access it on the NHS. You can read the full report here; Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bereaved parents falling through the gaps in mental health care. Following the report the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance have put forward a set of recommendations, including:
- Governments across the UK to undertake a review of current provision including an evaluation of models of best practice, involving parents and professionals.
- National guidance to help the NHS plan, fund, and deliver specialist psychological services.
- Training for GPs and other frontline healthcare workers to understand and assess the risk of bereaved parents developing a psychiatric illness.
Feedback from parents that have accessed our baby loss counselling...
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.”
Mum, baby stillborn at 33 weeks
“I had never had counselling before, so I did not know what to expect. I realised that this was the first time I could really be open and honest about my inner thoughts, fear and feelings.
These sessions have been so valuable to me, not only about baby loss but about me personally too. I have decided to continue to see the counsellor for some further sessions.”
Mum, baby stillborn at 39 weeks
“The counselling sessions have changed me in ways I never thought about, I am now calmer, nowhere near as anxious as I was after losing my baby and now learning to live with my loss and cope with life.
It was really helpful to reflect on how losing my baby affected me parenting my living children – I did not want this experience to define who I was.”
Mum, baby stillborn at 37 weeks
“Thank you Abigail’s Footsteps, you will never know how grateful I am for your support, you have helped me in more ways than you realise.
I now realise the impact that these session has had on me and how I view others and myself. I have started to be more assertive and not let people take advantage or take me for granted.”
Mum, baby stillborn at 24 weeks
“I never realised how counselling could help empower me and help me get stronger despite all I have been through. Naomi has also taught me how to control my challenges instead of them overwhelming and controlling me. These sessions have exceeded all my expectations, I can’t thank Naomi and Abigail Footsteps enough.”