In support of Baby Loss Awareness Week
Every year, thousands of people in the UK are affected by the death of a baby or experience pregnancy loss.
A collaboration between more than 60 charities across the UK, Baby Loss Awareness Week is held from 9 to 15 October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death in the UK.
Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Now in its 17th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week calls for tangible improvements in research, care and policy around bereavement support and highlights bereavement support and services available for anyone affected by the death of a baby at any stage.
Please watch and share our #BLAW2019 animation below to raise awareness and commemorate babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Together we can #breakthesilence and call for improvements in services, care and support for families affected by the death of a baby.
Get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week 2020
Pregnancy and baby loss is often a taboo subject. You can help to break the silence around baby loss by talking to your friends, family and colleagues about Baby Loss Awareness Week and joining the Wave of Light by lighting a candle for an hour at 7pm on 15th October.
Tommy’s Manchester centre, based within St Mary’s Hospital, opened in 2001 and is the only dedicated stillbirth research centre in the UK, focused on preventing the deaths of around 2,700 stillborn babies each year. The centre is made up of internationally renowned clinicians, scientists and researchers, investigating the causes of stillbirth and associated pregnancy complications. It currently has five translational research clinics where patients are offered the latest evidence-based tests and treatments, and given the opportunity to participate in clinical trials to advance Tommy’s life-saving research. Outcomes are improved for women who are cared for at these clinics - since 2010, the stillbirth rate at St Mary’s Hospital has fallen from 6.9 per 1,000 live births to 4.7 per 1,000 in 2018.
Tommy’s in-memory walk
In this years Baby Loss Awareness Week, follow the simple steps to create your own socially distanced walk. Invite family or complete a personal walk, knowing many others across the country walk in solidarity with you. Remember your loved ones that you have lost, and raise awareness and funds so together we can prevent baby loss.
Get started by downloading the Tommy’s in-memory walk guide here
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Visit the SANDS charity website for more support and information.