A national charity focussed on stillbirth bereavement

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Abigail's Footsteps

Abigail’s Footsteps was launched in 2010 by Jo and David Ward, following the loss of their daughter Abigail Rosie-Ann Ward, who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation.

Abigail’s Footsteps was proud to achieve charitable status on the 18th September 2012.

The charity has three main aims:

Improve bereavement training for midwives

To improve bereavement training for midwives, so they are adequately equipped in not only supporting bereaved parents, but are also able to safeguard their own well-being too; whilst carrying out their professional role.

Provide vital equipment

To provide vital equipment to enable bereaved parents to spend time with their baby, when they lose them to stillbirth or neonatal loss.

Ensure that bereavement suites are located away from the main maternity ward

To ensure that hospital architecture is altered to accommodate a maternity bereavement suite away from the main maternity ward, to allow parents to spend time with their baby away from the distress of newborn cries.

Despite the fact that 17 babies are either stillborn or die a neonatal death (When a baby dies in the first 28 days of life) every single day in the United Kingdom many hospitals are still woefully prepared to deal with this.

Numerous hospitals have inadequate facilities and equipment and their staff have received no bereavement training. It is the charity’s aim to change this.

From the purchase of cold cots, to the production of an awareness film through the eyes of a mother whose child is to be stillborn, to the provision of bereavement training for midwives and care staff, to the production of detailed information booklets with advice and guidance from parents who have already suffered the loss of a child, we want to do all we can to try and ease the pain endured by parents and their families during those first days and weeks after losing a child.

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Abigail's Footsteps
Spectrum Business Centre,
Spectrum Business Estate,
Anthony’s Way,
Kent ME2 4DP

01634 225145

Charity registration number 1149005

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