Support for you

Having a baby on the ward can be a very challenging time emotionally and physically. A vibrant community comprised of parents and ex-patients offers support to help families during and after their stay.

HOPE: Support Group for Parents

HOPE is a support group for parents of NeoNatal babies at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  Having a baby on the NeoNatal Unit can be an incredibly worrying, terrifying, and stressful time for families.  

HOPE was set up by a group of parents who have themselves been through life on the unit, and who are able to share knowledge based on their own experiences.  

Our aim is to Help Other Parents Emotionally and provide emotional support, a listening ear, and a friendly face along with practical advice to all parents whilst they are on the unit and when they go home.


SHED: Support & Help for Every Dad

S.H.E.D aims to support and help every Dad who have experienced, or are experiencing, having their baby start its life on the neonatal unit.

The group is fairly chilled out. There is a WhatsApp group where new dads can put questions to the group, the dads have all had children on the ward and are happy to help with concerns or questions. There are also a few charity events and some evenings out for a drink locally with other tired dads who get what you are going through on the ward and in the years after.

The easiest way to get involved is to ask a staff member on the ward (Betty is best) to add you to the WhatsApp group, or send  SHED a message on Facebook via the button below.

Shed's Facebook Page

Bringing Comfort After Baby Loss

Aching Arms is a registered charity (No.1153296) who are here to help and support you when you’ve experienced the heartbreak of losing your baby, during pregnancy, at birth or soon after. They offer a beautiful comfort bear to fill your arms and a community to support you as you grieve. Each Aching Arms bear is given as a gift from one bereaved family to another, to let you know that you are not alone.

When you need us, our Supporting Arms service is here for you. The service is run by bereaved parents and gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who has an understanding of what you’re going through. If you would like to talk about your feelings, share your experience or want some advice, we can help.

Please contact Supporting Arms on 07464 508994 or email