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Footsteps, no matter how small, always leave a big impression on your heart

Footsteps, no matter how small, always leave a big impression on your heart

Abigail’s Footsteps
Helping you live a life after stillbirth

When David and Jo Ward started the charity in 2010 it was driven by a need to help ensure no-one suffered in the same way as they did. What has become very evident since the charity was formed is that the lack of information and empathy they endured is replicated in many maternity units.

We know there is nothing we can do to prevent stillbirth or neonatal death. But we do know that we can help support midwives and families cope better. We fulfil a real and unmet need occupying a space that no other organisation, authority or charity can and is addressing.

What started out as a grieving couple’s desire to help others has now become a powerful, influential and actionable charity that is making a demonstrable difference to people’s lives.

Concentration on 3 aims

Abigail's Footsteps was launched in 2010 by parents Jo and David Ward following the death of their daughter Abigail Ward who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation. Abigail's Footsteps achieved charitable status on the 18th September 2012.

17 babies are either stillborn or die a neonatal death every single day in the United Kingdom. Despite this shocking statistic, many hospitals remain ill prepared to deal with these events. Staff often receive little or no bereavement training and facilities are inadequate.

Our vision

To become the leading national charity, focused on stillbirth bereavement

Our mission

To provide midwives and families with the necessary empathy, training, support and care to help cope with the pain of losing a stillborn child

The charity has three main aims:

Improve bereavement training for midwives

To improve the bereavement training that midwives and care staff receive and to improve the quality of supportive information that families receive if their family suffers a stillbirth.

Provide vital equipment

To provide the necessary equipment in each maternity unit to preserve a stillborn baby until at least the day after the mother’s discharge from hospital.

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

By making the best use of hospital architecture and layout; fund sensitively designed delivery rooms located away from maternity wards in each on Britain’s maternity units.

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