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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.


Please see the below video for more information about the ABB

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

Altnagelvin Area Hospital (Ireland)
Barts Health NHS Trust- Whipps Cross University Hospital
Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Bangor
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Rhyl
Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board - Wrexham
Birmingham Women's Hospital
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Causeway Hospital (Ireland)
Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Frimley Health Foundation Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Guys & St Thomas Foundation Trust
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hull University Teaching NHS Trust
Hywel Dda Health Board
James Paget hospital
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust Hospital
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Mid Yorks NHS Trust
NHS Grampian
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust
Oxford University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South Tyneside and Sunderland foundation trust
South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust (Sunderland Site)
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (EPAU)
Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
Torbay and south Devon Foundation Trust
University College London Hospitals
University Hospital of North Midlands
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Warrington and Halton NHS Trust
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Wye Valley NHS Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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