Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place each year from the 9th to the 15th of October culminating in the Wave of Light.
There are 3 aims of Baby Loss Awareness Week; Remembrance, Raising Awareness, Driving Change
How it all started
October 15 2002 was the inaugural Baby Loss Awareness Day in the UK initiated by a group of parents inspired by Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the USA. Through the sale of handmade blue and pink ribbon pins they raised thousands of pounds for UK organisations supporting bereaved parents.
2003 saw the campaign expanded to a week with events across the UK. The first UK ‘Wave of Light’ service was held at the American Church in London and attended by representatives of each participating organisation. There were also services held across the UK from Scotland to Surrey. Once again, ribbons were made and sold by bereaved parents.
The 2004 campaign was a more formal collaboration between the five organisations involved which included Sands, the Miscarriage Association, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, ARC and Babyloss.com. Ribbons were commercially manufactured and balloon releases were held in several locations. The group organised a secular service at the Royal Statistical Society in London and there were over twenty other events around the UK.
In 2006 the distinctive two colour ribbon was introduced and the ribbon pins were once again made by bereaved parents with the help of their family and friends.
Since 2010 Sands, has played a pivotal role within the organisation of the week and since 2014 has taken a lead role to promote the week as part of its work raising awareness of the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
This Baby Loss Awareness Week we want to talk about what could be done right now to better support families affected by the death of a baby.
Every year, thousands of people experience the loss of a baby in pregnancy, at or soon after birth, and in infancy. The care that bereaved families receive from health and other professionals, following pregnancy loss or the death of their baby, can have long-lasting effects. Good care cannot remove parents’ pain and grief, but it can help them through this devastating time. In contrast, poor care can significantly add to their distress.
The standard of care in the UK varies between regions, and even within settings depending on at what stage a loss occurs – from early pregnancy through to infancy. As a result many parents do not receive the good quality bereavement support they so desperately need after pregnancy or baby loss.
At Muma Nurture we pride ourselves on providing good quality therapeutic support to bereaved parents affected #babyloss. One of our issues is raising awareness to ensure that those in need are aware of our services and the support we can provide for them, please help us to raise awareness by helping spread the word of the charity in general and specifically the events we are holding in support of #BLAW2019.
Open Day - Sunday 13th October.
We will be running 45 minute workshops throughout the day focused on the most common issues our clients face. Feel free to join us for the day or individual workshops of your choice.
10am - Positive Emotional Wellebing
11am - Stress
12pm - Coping Mechanisms
1pm - Anger
2pm - Grief
3pm - Relationships
Wave of Light - Tuesday 15th October - 7pm
Join us to light candles in unity in memory of those that lit up our lives for too short a time.
For further information, contact us on 01323 32 55 58 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website www.mumanurture.org