Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018
Baby Loss Awareness Week is the collaborative effort of over 60 different charities and groups, and aims to promote awareness of baby loss and the issues which affect bereaved families and their loved ones. Find out more about the campaign and how you can show your support.
What is Baby Loss Awareness Week?
Baby Loss Awareness Week is an annual event which offers the opportunity to remember all those babies who have died during pregnancy, and at, during or after birth. This year, it's running from 9-15 October.
Not only does Baby Loss Awareness Week offer bereaved parents and their family and friends a chance to come together to commemorate their babies' lives, but it's also an occasion to encourage conversation about baby loss and campaign for better bereavement care and support.
It also aims to raise awareness of the charities and other support organisations committed to helping anyone affected by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.
What's the focus of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018?
This year, the charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week are focusing on raising awareness about the inadequate support provisions in place for grieving parents after the loss of their baby.
One of the key beliefs of the charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week is that everyone who experiences pregnancy loss or the death of their baby should have access to high quality bereavement care and support. The quality of the care and support should not be dependent on where the bereaved family lives, when they need it or how long they need it for.
Unfortunately, the standard of care throughout the UK does vary depending on factors such as region and at what stage a baby loss occurs. As a result, many parents are not able to access the care they desperately need.
By raising awareness of the current state of bereavement care provision, the Baby Loss Awareness Week campaign is pushing for better support for every single parent who is suffering after the loss of their baby during pregnancy, at, during or after birth.
What else are Baby Loss Awareness Week charities working towards?
Although the focus of this year's Baby Loss Awareness Week is to call for an improvement of bereavement care for grieving families, the charities involved don't stop there. Many work to prevent baby and infant deaths, pregnancy loss and maternal deaths, too.
How can I show my support?
Whether you are a bereaved parent or family member, a charity or a healthcare professional, there are lots of ways to get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week:
- Join the 'Wave of Light'. The week culminates with the global Wave of Light on 15 October, which is also International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To join the virtual Wave of Light and commemorate all the babies that have died, take a photo of your candle and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight at 7pm local time. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space.
- Wear the pin. You can buy a Baby Loss Awareness Week ribbon to support families affected by the death of a baby. A number of the charities involved in promoting Baby Loss Awareness Week have the awareness pin badge available to buy from their websites. Money raised from the sale of the badges will go to the charity you purchase it from and will be spent on the important work they carry out. Don’t forget to post a photo of yourself wearing your pin badge on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the #babyloss hashtag.
- Break the silence. You can help to break the silence around baby loss by talking to your friends, family and colleagues about Baby Loss Awareness Week, joining the conversation on social media using #BLAW2018, wearing a pin badge, or lighting a candle on 15 October.
For anyone affected by baby loss before, during or after birth, Baby Loss Awareness Week has a list of charities who provide support.
Baby loss has a profound effect on bereaved families and their loved ones, and Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity to tell these stories, raise awareness, and push for better standards of care. If you have a story about you’d like to share, tweet us @MumsnetTowers with #babyloss or for more information you can visit the Baby Loss Awareness Week website.