Click below to read information about some of the networks and groups we are members of:
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Baby Loss
The APPG on Baby Loss brings together MPs and Peers from across parties to work on this vital issue.
The APPG’s overall aims are to develop policy that supports families dealing with the grief and loss of a baby, and to raise awareness of what more can be done by the government, Parliament or other agencies to help those affected.
Read more on the Secretariat’s (Lullaby Trust) website.
Baby Loss Awareness Alliance
The Baby Loss Awareness Alliance is made up of over 80 baby loss charities from across the UK. As a group, we are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss, providing support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, working with health professionals and services to improve bereavement care, and reducing preventable deaths.
The Alliance hosts Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs from 9-15 October every year.
Read more at the BLA Alliance’s website.
Bereavement Midwife Forum
Petals is closely connected to this national group of bereavement midwives. The Forum operates online providing a safe space for those working in this field to share practice and guidelines. It is also used for peer support and information sharing. The members meet for bereavement support training during the year which provides a great opportunity for members, allied charities and NHS England and Department of Health & Social Care staff to come together to share and learn from each other.
Petals is a member of CharityComms, who exist to help raise the standards of communications across the sector, to fly the flag for communications as a vital strategic function at the heart of charities, and to connect communications professionals through sharing best practice.
Read more about CharityComms on their website.
Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA)
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of over 90 UK organisations. This includes professional bodies such as Royal Colleges and organisations that represent, or provide care and support to, parents and families. Their vision is to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.
Read more at the MMHA’s website.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
The NCVO champions the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. They work to help voluntary organisations and volunteers make the biggest difference they can.
They connect organisations with the people, partners and resources they need to make the biggest difference.
They represent the voluntary sector and volunteering to government – using the best research, we demonstrate their true value and help influence policy-makers.
They support voluntary organisations by generating and identifying the best knowledge and expertise.
They currently have over 14,000 member organisations.
You can read more at the NCVO’s website.
Pregnancy and Baby Charities Network
The PBCN represents UK charities whose purpose is to:
Reduce the number of babies who die during pregnancy, birth or in the early weeks of life
Reduce morbidity in newborn babies and improve care for these babies and their parents
Improve care throughout the path to parenthood; before, during and after pregnancy and after losing a baby or pregnancy (where ‘care’ includes physical and mental health and access to optimal information – covering preconception, pregnancy and birth and immediately after birth)
The network is made up of charity Chief Executives and/or Trustees whose organisations work towards the objectives above.
Click the following links to read the PBCN’s Terms of Reference and Manifesto.
Small Charities Coalition
The Small Charities Coalition exists to make life easier for small charities.
Founded in 2008, they currently have over 9,000 UK-wide members and they have made it their mission to provide them with relevant support and make their voices heard. The Small Charities Coalition also provides a network where small charities can belong, share knowledge and support one another.
International Stillbirth Alliance
The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a membership organization uniting bereaved parents and other family members, health professionals and researchers to drive global change for the prevention of stillbirth and neonatal death and bereavement support for all those affected.