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The Alternative Birth Bag

The Alternative Birth Bag has been created to bridge the gap in terms of signposting, information and communication families receive when families are told that their baby has died during pregnancy or they have made the decision to have a termination for medical reason.

Families are often faced with lots of decisions and possibilities, however this is often at the time of birthing their baby and due to not being prepared it can be overwhelming.

We want families to go home in the time we often refer to as "the void" and feel more empowered about what is to come. Many families will go home (typically awaiting induction) having little idea of what to pack, what will happen next or what is normal to be feeling.

The Alternative Birth Bag is a written booklet that enables health professionals to easily signpost information to families and offers a gentle introduction to what is going to happen next, what they may want to do to prepare, what they may wish to pack and prepare them for how they may feel.

The booklet has been created by condensing feedback from bereaved families and health professionals to produce something that is more than "another leaflet".


If you are a business or charity who would like to help support the ABB please get in contact with us.



If you'd like to sign up or re-order the ABB you can do so below.

You can sign up a trust as a student, parent, family or health professional.

Trusts will be contacted anonymously should an individual choose to sign up on their behalf.

The below trusts have signed up and have the ABB to provide to families

Mid Yorks NHS Trust
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Wye Valley NHS Trust
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
Guys & St Thomas Foundation Trust
Causeway Hospital (Ireland)
University College London Hospitals
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital of North Midlands
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
NHS Grampian
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust
Hywel Dda Health Board
Altnagelvin Area Hospital (Ireland)
Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust Hospital
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals
Frimley Health Foundation Trust
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hull University Teaching NHS Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Torbay and south Devon Foundation Trust
South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust (Sunderland Site)
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Wrexham
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Rhyl
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Bangor

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