A week in October each year is dedicated to remembering and raising awareness of baby loss, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or a termination for medical reasons. The event provides a safe space to remember babies who have died during pregnancy or shortly afterwards and this will be the 19th year. The aims are remembrance, raising awareness and driving change Baby Loss Awareness Week | Child Bereavement UK
Breaking the silence around pregnancy loss is so important, not only for those families who experience this but also to those who work in hospitals and clinics providing care. Many support groups including the Miscarriage Association will be posting about various subjects related to pregnancy loss throughout the week. This will be via the website or their social media accounts. Pink/blue pin badges are available from them to show your support.
”Baby Loss Awareness Week is a time for bereaved parents and their families and friends to unite and commemorate their babies’ lives. The week also raises awareness of how pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands of families each year across the UK.” Baby Loss Awareness Week | Tommy’s (tommys.org)
The theme this year is wellbeing, not only for women and their families but also for those providing care. Each day will have a different topic of wellbeing, including partners, siblings and caring for each other as a community, including the workplace.
Buildings and iconic landmarks across the county will be invited to show support by lighting up blue and pink. Photos will be posted to show their support. You can also light your own room pink/blue.
Baby Loss Awareness Week will end with the global Wave of Light at 7pm on October the 15th. You are invited to light a candle at 7pm and leave it to burn for at least an hour, to remember all babies across the world who have died too soon. You can join in the virtual wave of light by taking a photo of your candle and posting it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight.
There is so much information and support about Baby Loss Awareness Week. Some of the websites are listed below.