If you, or someone close to you, has experienced baby loss the next pregnancy and the early weeks with your baby can be a difficult time. The CONI (care of next infant) scheme is there to support families through this time. The coronavirus outbreak means that this service is not available in the same way as previously but there is still support available for you and your family.
For those families already on the scheme the support will continue by phone and there is advice and information available online or by calling our Just One Number service on 0300 300 0123.
If you have experienced baby loss and would be eligible for the CONI scheme, your midwife and your Health Visitor will talk to you about this. Thinking about sudden infant death (SIDs) is scary for everyone and especially so if you have already been through the loss of a baby. There are things you and everyone can do to reduce the risks of baby loss and help lower your anxiety.
Get Support for Yourself
Losing a baby is a life changing event and you will have times when your grief is hard to manage. Having a new baby is a great joy but it does not take away the sadness you will feel about your baby that died. Be kind to yourself and ask for support on the days that are a struggle.
Most new parents will feel stressed at times. This may be more so for you. Click the links below to find out more information on;
If you feel your worries and / or your mood are getting in the way of you being able to enjoy this pregnancy, or your baby, it is really important you get help. You can speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP they will talk to you and help you find a way to start feeling better.
Preparing For Your New Baby
In recent years there has been a lot of research that has helped lower the rate of SIDs. Following the current advice means that you will be doing all you can to keep your baby safe. The advice to all parents is;
These guidelines are especially important if your baby was born early or had a low birth weight as their risk is higher.
If you feel worried and would like more advice you can speak to your midwife throughout your pregnancy and up to 28 days after the birth of your baby.
If you live in Norfolk
If you live in Suffolk
The Lullaby Trust - Baby Check App - This app has simple checks that you can do if your baby is ill and helps you think about whether they need to see a doctor or health professional.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.