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.
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 are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice. Remember that you know your child best. If you think your child is seriously unwell call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
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.