Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Babyloss Awareness Week begins on 9 October. It’s a time for bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to remember their babies.

This year for Baby Loss Awareness Week, 40 charities are working in collaboration to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK. We also want to push for improvements to bereavement support. 

Pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands of families each year across the UK and it is vital to offer bereavement care and support to anyone who has lost a child or during pregnancy.

Worryingly, the care offered to parents in hospitals varies hugely and is dependent on where you live, at what stage of pregnancy or the loss occurs and whether there is sufficient healthcare training in place to know how to respond.

Teddy’s Wish and other charities are now calling for:

  1. All UK hospitals to be required to offer excellent bereavement care to parents. [3]
  2. A member of staff appointed to lead on bereavement care in every hospital department where pregnancy loss and baby death occurs. [4]
  3. Bereavement rooms to be available and accessible in all hospitals.
  4. All health and social care professionals to receive the highest standard of bereavement care training. [5]

Find out much more on the Baby Loss Awareness Week website here