About Sands

More than thirty years on, Sands continues to provide support to all bereaved parents and families who have suffered the death of a baby anytime from conception through to 28 days after birth - this includes miscarriage, neonatal death, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and genetic/medically advised termination.

Sands are a self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby. Sharing with others who have had similar experiences can assist parents to work through the often intense grief which follows the death of a baby.

There are active Sands groups in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania other states are serviced through our phone support line and online through social media.

Our Mission:
Sands Australia’s core mission is to facilitate the provision of consistently high national standards of bereavement support, education, information and communications, administered by local organisations and with a local approach.

Our Vision:
Sands supports families in all stages of pregnancy loss and new born death through understanding and hope.

Sands imagines a future where:

  • Every parent knows of Sands, is able to access Sands services through their preferred medium, and is familiar with Sands messages surrounding healthy grieving.
  • Parents receive adequate, sensitive support from their family and friends.
  • There is no stigma attached to pregnancy loss.
  • Medical professionals adequately communicate the risks and realities of pregnancy loss to parents before and during pregnancy.
  • Medical professionals, including radiographers, GPs, midwives and obstetricians, are able to communicate sensitively and adequately with parents following pregnancy loss.

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