National Bereavement Care Pathway

Teddy’s Wish are proud to be involved with the development of The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) in collaboration with Sands and other supporting charities,the Department of Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.

The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) helps professionals to support families in their bereavement after any pregnancy or baby loss, be that Miscarriage (including Ectopic and Molar Pregnancy), Termination of Pregnancy for Foetal Anomaly (TOPFA), Stillbirth, Neonatal Death or Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

Sadly, pregnancy loss and the death of a baby is not a rare occurrence. Thousands of parents each year will experience the devastation of their baby dying before, during or shortly after birth or within the first years of life. We have helped to fund The National Bereavement Care Pathway to provide hope for grieving families. Currently, bereavement care received by parents varies hugely regionally. We want to ensure that each family will experience the same high levels of understanding, compassion and support from everyone across the healthcare and broader services community, irrespective of where that family may live.

Grief is an individual journey. The emotions, the depth of anguish, are too powerful to contain and whenever they surface are always as crushing and painful as ever before. Proper consistent support is critical for every parent, without which it is impossible to make those crucial tentative steps towards imagining hope once again.

Teddy’s Wish has funded the evaluation process of the National Care Bereavement Pathway trial across 32 NHS trusts. The results now pave the way for rolling out the National Care Bereavement Pathway nationally and all healthcare professionals can access the materials from the website here