Baby Loss Awareness Week, raises awareness how pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands every year. It is a time for bereaved parents and their families and friends to commemorate their babies lives. Many Charities work to raise awareness of the issues affecting those who have lost a pregnancy or baby/babies.
Baby loss awareness started in 2002 on October 15th. It was introduced by a small group of parents who had experienced pregnancy and baby loss. It started as a day of remembrance and was inspired by the United States.
In 2003, the day expanded into a week, and the 1st official ” Wave of light” was held. The Wave of light is held on 15th October at 7pm, and internationally; parents, families and friends are invited to light a candle in memory of their loss/losses. This year, The Miscarriage Association are holding a Zoom event to enable The Wave of Light to be held virtually and allow those affected by pregnancy and or loss of a baby to come together online to light a candle. Thousands will light a candle and share pictures of their candles on social media, to create a ‘ Wave of Light.’
In 2004, other charities and support groups, including The Miscarriage Association, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices), SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) and babyloss.com became involved and supported Baby Loss Awareness Week ( BLAW2020).
2006 – The two coloured ribbon and ribbon pin ( Pink and Blue) were introduced.
2010 – SANDS led in promoting the week.
1 in 4 women in the UK will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. If pregnancy loss has not touched you personally, there is a high chance one of your friends or family may have experienced a loss. Miscarriage can be a terrible shock as many people don’t really think it will happen to them. Families can be left feeling isolated. The theme of Baby Loss Awareness week (BLAW2020) is isolation. Whilst this is something many feel at a time of loss, it is felt to be even more pertinent currently with the Coronavrius pandemic. One of the aims of baby loss awareness week this year is to help people feel less isolated and feel that they are not alone.