Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support are both honoured and excited to be nominated for a Butterfly Award! We hope you enjoy reading our profile and watching our video.
We are a charity set up and run by bereaved parents who are all volunteers. We became a registered charity in January 2017.
The aim of the charity is to offer local support to bereaved parents and family members following the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, TFMR, stillbirth or neonatal death. We raise money for local maternity services and to raise awareness of pregnancy loss.
The charity provides a support group that meet monthly. This is a relaxed, informal group offering a safe place for bereaved parents.
We also have a closed Facebook group where parents can share their feelings privately online and chat with other parents who understand how they are feeling. We currently have 172 members receiving support on this page. In addition to this we have a dad’s only Facebook group to offer support to bereaved fathers.
We provide miscarriage bags to local hospitals and these can also be requested directly from us. They provide a special keepsake for parents who have lost a baby before 24 weeks. Alongside this, we also provide recognition of life certificates which parents have said provide some comfort when they have not received a birth certificate for their baby.
Sophia PLS aim to increase awareness of pregnancy loss and help to break the silence often associated with the loss of a baby. We hold events in the local community; cake sales, family fun days and we have even taken part in an obstacle race to raise money and awareness! We also released our own charity single. We have a public Facebook page to help raise awareness and currently we have over 4000 followers.
The events we hold help us to fundraise for a number of projects. We have funded improvements to bereavement facilities at local hospitals, midwife training and have also renovated a baby memorial garden within our local community.
At Sophia Group we try to offer support at times we know can be difficult. For example we organise pebble painting on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and remembrance services at Christmas time. This means we can all get together and support each other at these times and share a special moment to remember our babies. The group send out cards on baby’s angelversaries to let bereaved parents know that we are thinking of them and their baby on that day.
This is what some of our group have said about us:
“We both found the Sophia group a huge support after leaving hospital. In those first few weeks having the online group makes you realise you are not alone and there is always someone to talk to who understands your pain. I looked at everyone’s stories and found real comfort from them. At a time when you feel so alone it is a lifeline to be able to talk to people who truly understand and won’t judge you for anything you say. It was also a safe place we could share photos of our baby with others who told us how beautiful she was, this was so special for us.”
“The Sophia group was there for me and my husband when we were so devastated after the loss of our little girl. Without the support of the monthly meetings and the online support at the times we needed it most I don’t know how we would have coped. Through the group we have met so many people who truly understand what we are going through and always know how to say the right thing. I feel truly lucky to have met these remarkable people.”
What others have said:
“The charity provides a support group that meet monthly and also has a closed facebook group where parents can share their feelings privately. We both found the Sophia group a huge support after leaving hospital. We now go to the monthly meetings as well and I have found these so helpful. It’s a place you can go to honestly talk or just listen if you would rather. They are currently renovating a baby memorial garden at the local cemetery to create a special place for reflection for parents. They organise balloon releases on days like mothers day and fathers day and remembrance services at Christmas time. This means we can all get together and support each other at these times and share a special moment to remember our babies.”
You can watch a video we have made about Sophia PLS by following this link:#