We are a small local charity who support parents after the loss of their baby and invest in every pregnancy, improving outcomes.
Philip’s Footprints mission is two-fold. Firstly, supporting families through baby or child loss, offering comfort in memory boxes, remembrance services, professional bereavement support and peer support. (memories matter video)
And secondly, funding safer pregnancy projects – training, antenatal equipment and information on safer pregnancies – to reduce the number of stillbirths, premature births and complications at birth, improving outcomes for Jersey babies.
Each year, we support on average 15-20 families who lose a baby or child and fund many hours of professional bereavement counselling. We also hold monthly peer support groups, for early loss and later loss and will also support people on a 121 basis.
The Lights of Love remembrance service is held annually at the end of November, a warm, welcoming event, open to anyone affected by the loss of a child, at any age, gestation and no matter how long ago.
As part of our Safer Pregnancy Projects, thousands of pregnancy wallets have been distributed via the Antenatal Clinic, after the 12 week pregnancy ultrasound scan. A robust plastic zip-lock pouch to keep handheld antenatal notes safe and protected, they are also colourfully printed with key health messages advice to educate the recipient and ensuring that key messages such as monitoring babies’ movements become second nature.
Over 400 places on award-winning Baby Lifeline courses have been funded, bringing them to Jersey so that the maximum number of staff can attend. A range of courses with leading experts delivering, there has always been excellent feedback. Of course Covid made it impossible to bring courses to Jersey for a while, but the charity is delighted to be funding online training courses instead.
6 community midwife home birth bags have also been funded, developed by Baby Lifeline. The bag,a rucksack style bag with adjustable straps and optional wheels, is compartmentalised and colour coded to make it easier to identify equipment quickly. The bag includes everything from scissors to cut the cord, to a hat and towels to dry and warm thenewbornbaby, as well as equipment for emergencies that, although rare, can occur.
Several wireless fetal monitors have provided, they allow women who require monitoring during labour to remain upright and mobile, they are also waterproof meaning a water birth is still a possibility.
The charities annual events are the 10km Seymour Sprint, usually April, takes place along Jersey’s south east coast, fromLongbeachout to the historic and iconic Seymour Tower and back, racing the tide across this beautiful Ramsar site.
In October, during Baby Loss Awareness Week, the 10km Starlight Walk, from the Waterfront to St Aubin and back, raises funds and awareness of baby loss
Address: Le Soubord, Le Chemin des Maltieres, Grouville, Jersey JE3 9EB
Phone: 01534 631173 m 07797 844336
Email: [email protected]