Baby Bereavement Groups

For families who have suffered a baby loss

The Baby Bereavement Groups at Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals are run by a voluntary team of midwives and maternity care assistants who are working to change the way bereaved couples are cared for.

Families who have experienced a baby loss, at any stage of pregnancy, are invited to attend the monthly support groups to share their feelings and experiences in a confidential and supportive environment.

Join a group

There is no need to make an appointment, just come along.

Ipswich

Date: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Parentcraft room at Ipswich Hospital IP4 5PD

There is also a play group each month for those who have children to meet with other families who have also suffered loss.

For the latest information about all the Ipswich groups and services, please visit the Ipswich Facebook page.

Colchester

Date: Last Thursday of the month
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Locations: The Ark, Highwoods CO4 9FF

For the latest information about all the Colchester groups and services, please visit the Colchester Facebook page.

Precious babies remembrance services

During the year we hold remembering Precious Babies services. Prayers are said and each baby is remembered with the lighting of a candle, the service is followed by refreshments. This service is for anyone who has suffered a loss of a baby recently or in the past.

We will add details of each service as they are confirmed, but they are usually held in May (Clacton), and October (Colchester and Ipswich).

Tree of Remembrance

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The Tree of Remembrance in Holywells Park, Ipswich offers bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way.

Each leaf is engraved with the name, date of birth and a short message for a baby lost in pregnancy or the neonatal period.

The leaves are paid for from donations to and fundraising by the Ipswich Baby Bereavement Support Group. There is no charge for the leaves (which are £40 each), but all donations to subsidise the cost are gratefully received.

To apply for a leaf on the Tree of Remembrance at Holywells Park, please click here.

We are pleased to confirm plans are now in place to install a remembrance tree in the maternity garden at Colchester Hospital.

Your support makes a difference

We rely on the support and generosity of the community to help make the service for bereaved parents even better. Through donations and fundraising we have been able to purchase items to help grieving families.

So far, we have funded a quiet room, memory boxes and specialist cuddle cots so families can remain together for longer after birth.

Please ensure you confirm the name and location of the group you would like to support.

Please reference Baby Bereavement Group for Ipswich and The Rosemary Suite for Colchester.

Thank you for your very kind support.

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