Every year the 9th – 15th October is Babyloss Awareness Week.
The week ends with Babyloss Awareness Day on 15th October. This day is recognised throughout the world as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
- Babyloss Awareness Week is an opportunity for people to talk openly and raise awareness.
- Around 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. That’s 250,000 parents in the UK loosing a baby every year.
- 10 Babies are stillborn everyday in the UK
- 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.
- There were 1,436 neonatal deaths in the UK in 2013.
There are lots of charities working really hard alongside parents and professionals to reduce these numbers. Kicks Count, Sands, Tommy’s are amongst those. Please visit their websites for more information.
The week ends with Baby Loss Awareness Day on 15th October. October 15th is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day across the world. Here in the UK, we would like to invite you to take part in the global ‘Wave of Light‘. On this day, everyone is invited to take part in this global event to remember all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth. Simply light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for at least 1 hour. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be uniting with others across the world in honour of those babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.
Throughout Baby Loss Awareness Week we’re inviting bereaved parents, family members and friends to share an example of something that someone did or said which helped after the death of their baby. To find out how to get involved visit the Baby Loss Awareness Your Experiences page.
*taken from babyloss awareness.org
image from Remy Sharp