SANDS – miscarriages, stillbirth and newborn death support

Dear Joy readers

As we all know moving somewhere new is an exciting time, but unfortunately sometimes there is heartache involved, when there is the loss of a miscarriage or a still born baby. Which is exacerbated if you have moved somewhere new and you have no idea who or where to turn for help.

I have asked my fried Nicole to write this blog as she is a very strong advocate for this group and we hope that Nicole’s blog may help you or someone you know, today or in the future.

Thanks to the Joy team for providing an opportunity to share this post.
As Joy followers know, community is about many things and it’s particularly about helping one another in good times and in bad. Queensland is well-known for this trait and there are many small, committed and hard-working groups out there that help people at their times of greatest need.

Sands Queensland is one of those groups. Sands Queensland provides support, information, education and advocacy for parents and families who experience the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or other pregnancy losses.

Sands Queensland also works with health care and other professional groups to ensure that families receive the support and information they need.

Formed over 30 years ago, Sands Queensland supports parents whose baby has died at any stage during pregnancy or the newborn period. The death of a baby is an absolutely devastating experience whenever it occurs and Sands does not distinguish between losses. Every parent’s experience is individual, and every circumstance is unique.

With Brisbane headquarters, Sands Queensland also has strong regional groups across the state including in Townsville, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sands provides a range of educational services, materials and critically a 24 hour phone support service on 1300 072 637 for anyone affected by the death of a baby.

Sands Queensland has historically been funded by Government and this is due to cease at the end of this year. Sands will be focusing on continuing to work with hospitals, allied health professionals and funeral homes to educate those people who support bereaved families. The organisation will be fundraising all year to ensure we can continue. You can find us at  facebook  ( click the link )or visiting

Thanks Nicole 


the Joy Girls xxx

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