Abigail’s Footsteps was launched in 2010 by parents Jo and David Ward following the death of their daughter Abigail Ward who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation. Abigail’s Footsteps achieved charitable status on the 18th September 2012.
Jo and David had two primary objectives when they launched the charity, firstly to improve the bereavement training that midwives and care staff received, and to improve the quality of supportive information that families received if their family suffered a stillbirth.
Despite the fact that 17 babies are either stillborn or die a neonatal death (When a baby dies in the first 28 days of life) every single day in the United Kingdom many hospitals are still woefully prepared to deal with this. Numerous hospitals have inadequate facilities and equipment and their staff have received no bereavement training. It is the charity’s aim to change this.
From the purchase of cold cots, to the production of an awareness film through the eyes of a mother whose child is to be stillborn, to the provision of bereavement training for midwives and care staff, to the production of detailed information booklets with advice and guidance from parents who have already suffered the loss of a child, we want to do all we can to try and ease the pain endured by parents and their families during those first days and weeks after losing a child.