About Us

About Us

Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Societyprovides a specialised counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Queen Charlottes and St Mary’s Hospitals in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Ipswich Hospital, Colchester Hospital, West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.


Petals was set up as a charity in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals working in maternity care, alongside women who had experienced first-hand the loss of a baby, or trauma during birth.

We agreed that the purpose of Petals would be to:

Fund a specialist counselling service for parents affected by any of the following:


• Neonatal death

• Poor pregnancy diagnosis

• Miscarriage

• Antenatal anxiety following previous pregnancy loss

Raise awareness, through marketing, research and training, of the need for psychological care for parents who suffer emotional distress in pregnancy and birth