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.
On 13 March 2011, my life changed forever. It was the day that I gave birth to my son, and also the day he went to heaven. My life was instantly shattered to smithereens – why us? Why? Why? Why? Yet in the pit of my stomach and in the depths of my grief, I felt that there was a significant purpose to why it was me. Of course at that point I didn’t know why, but what I did know is that his death would not be in vain.