Baby Loss Awareness Week is held annually from 9 to 15 October. It includes the loss of a baby in pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. The week ends in a celebration of remembrance with the Wave of Light.
1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage
1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage. Yes, that’s 25 percent of the female population who fall pregnant will hear that their hopes of raising a child with that pregnancy have been shattered.
Yet how many women have you heard actually talk about their loss? Unfortunately, miscarriage is still seen as a taboo subject. It is only when you experience one, do you then realise how many people around you have gone through the same traumatic experience.
14 family’s lives are shattered due to stillbirth or neonatal loss
In the UK, every 90 minutes a baby dies shortly before, during or soon after birth.
Why do these babies grow their wings?
There are several reasons why babies don’t survive. Many people think that stillbirths happen because of a developmental or genetic problem. This however is the case for fewer than one in ten stillborn babies. For as many as 6 in 10 stillborn babies, the cause of death is not known.
Here in the UK, more than 60 charities across the UK have united for Baby Loss Awareness Week, to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy or baby loss in the UK. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, have united 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.
This matter is very close to my heart:
Our babies, no matter how early in pregnancy, or how many moments they were earth-side, they are always loved - and never forgotten.
Join us in the global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time on 15 October at 7pm.
#breakthesilence #WaveOfLight #BLAW2018 #BLAW2018 #Babyloss
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