Charities unite for Baby Loss Awareness Week 9-15 October 2016
Baby Loss Awareness Week (#babyloss), takes place annually from 9 to 15 October.
Pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands of families each year across the UK. The death of a baby is a tragedy that can happen to anyone, at any time. It can be devastating, not only for parents, but also their families and their friends and can have long-term lasting effects. The week is an opportunity for them to acknowledge and remember their precious babies and for people to talk openly about the subject of and raise awareness of pregnancy, baby and infant loss.
Twenty-four charities have joined together to mark the week, which culminates with the international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Saturday 15 October. Across the world, people are invited to take part in the global 'Wave of Light' (#waveoflight) at 7pm local time to remember all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth by lighting a candle and leaving it burning for an hour. Images of the burning candles are shared on social media using the hashtag #waveoflight.
Among other activities, throughout the week bereaved parents and their families will be sharing examples of something that someone said or did that helped them after their loss. It is hoped that this will inspire others and bring the issue out into the open. People are invited to wear a Baby Loss pin, available from the Baby Loss Awareness Week website: www.babyloss-awareness.org.
As one bereaved mother explained:
“We lost our beautiful son Richard on 26th August 2015. He lived for a precious eleven hours. Our bereavement midwife was amazing. She organised photos, took prints and actually spoke to Richard whilst doing all these wonderful things. My consultant and midwives who cared for me through my pregnancy came to see Richard and said some comforting words. The compassion and care for Richard and all of us as a family will never be forgotten.”
Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands, said:
“Now in its fifteenth year we hope that this week will help families feel less isolated and alone by giving them the opportunity to join with others and remember their babies, whether it be in public or private, across the world.
“Since Baby Loss Awareness Week started, more and more charities have come together that are committed to raising awareness of the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss, and working for change to reduce the number of families affected each year in the UK.”
For the first time, the charities supporting Baby Loss Awareness week will be working with the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss to highlight in Parliament the impact of losing a baby. Events in Parliament include a reception hosted by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow, a remembrance service in the Chapel, St Mary’s Undercroft on Wednesday 12 October, and a backbench debate on baby loss on Thursday 13 October.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is co-ordinated by Sands on behalf of a number of baby loss and children’s charities united in their support for families who experience pregnancy loss or the death of a baby. The 24 charities are: Sands, Aching Arms, Action on Pre-eclampsia, ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices), Bliss, Child Bereavement UK, CMV Action, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, Group B Strep Support, ICP Support, Kicks Count, Life After Loss, The Lullaby Trust, Making Miracles. The Miscarriage Association, The Multiple Births Foundation, Petals, SANDS Lothians, The Scottish Cot Death Trust, SiMBA, Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association), Teddy’s Wish, Together for Short Lives and Tommy’s.
For further information or for details on how you can support the campaign and the week please visit www.babyloss-awareness.org.
Baby Loss Awareness Week pin badges and tea lights are available to buy from participating charities via the Baby Loss website.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is Saturday 15 October 2016.
The Global Wave of Light takes place on Saturday 15 October at 7pm.
Case studies of bereaved parents willing to share their personal experiences, from a number of Baby Loss Awareness Week participating charities, can be arranged upon request.
Please contact Natalie Cooper, Sands Press & PR Officer, on 0203 598 1959, e: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact details of participating charities:
Natalie Cooper, Press & PR Officer: 0203 598 1959, e: email@example.com.
Kate Rennison: firstname.lastname@example.org , tel: 07826067780
Action on Pre eclampsia
Marcus Green, Interim Chief Executive Officer Tel: 01386 761848/07970 557560 email@example.com
ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)
Jane Fisher, Director: 0207 713 7356 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bliss, the special care baby charity
Calum Proctor 07725 747 826 email@example.com
Child Bereavement UK
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01494 568900
Sharon Wood email@example.com 07932 941410
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
Munira Oza 020 7096 1838 Ept@ectopic.org.uk
Group B Strep Support
Jane Plumb: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01444 416176 / 07986 745387.
Magdalen Rees 07967 584361
Katy Taylor: email@example.com
Life After Loss
Helen Savage firstname.lastname@example.org 02892 605578
The Lullaby Trust
Email: email@example.com Phone number: 020 7802 3202 (24 hour)
Kelly Wells firstname.lastname@example.org
The Miscarriage Association
Ruth Bender Atik email@example.com 07527 070046
The Multiple Births Foundation
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3313 3519 / 020 8313 3519
Karen Burgess - Tel: 0300 688 0068 email@example.com
To contact call: 0131 622 6263 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Cot Death Trust
To contact email: email@example.com call: 0141 357 3946
01368 860 141 firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact email: email@example.com or call: 07813133787
Together for Short Lives
To contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org call: 0117 989 7820
To contact email: email@example.com call: 0207 398 3400
Tamba, (Twins and Multiple Births Association)
Emma Wright: 01252 332344 firstname.lastname@example.org