Our first SiMBA support group started in May 2011 after a request from a bereaved parent who felt there was need for a group in the area where she lived, a place where she could talk to other parents who had gone through similar experiences. SiMBA responded to her and others needs and set up our first group.
Since then we have set up further SiMBA support groups with the help of parent volunteers who had gone through the death of a baby and also of others who wanted to give support.
Our groups open to anyone who has gone through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth. Our groups are all within central locations and accessible by all and open to other family members and friends. Each group takes place on the same day of each month, apart from public holidays such as Christmas and New Year. All our groups are drop in groups where you can have a coffee/tea and an informal chat with others who have been through the same. It extends to all family members dads, grandparents & friends.
These are not professional counselling group they are run by maternity staff and/or those who have gone through the loss of a baby and who are ready to support you. The majority of our group facilitators have had training & certification from the Child Bereavement UK.