Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, is supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week 2017 as an opportunity for bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.
The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week provide support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, and work with health professionals and services to improve care.
Bereavement care is vital to offer to anyone who has lost a baby before, during or after birth. Relevant services include psychological and emotional support, information on relevant services, advice on benefits, discussions with employers and funeral arrangements, among other types of care. Sometime bereavement care services will be involved prior to a baby or infant’s death, when illness or problems in pregnancy mean that the death is anticipated.
Every parent and family will be affected differently depending on their circumstances. But we believe everyone should have the chance to have the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.
The statistics are startling; 15 babies die every day in the UK either before, during or shortly after birth[i]. Given that miscarriage is not always reported, specific figures are difficult to obtain, but around one in four pregnancies is thought to end in miscarriage.[ii]
Baby Loss Awareness Week runs Monday 9th October – Sunday 15th October 2017. If you would like to know more information about Baby Loss Awareness Week, you can find this on the Week’s website: https://babyloss-awareness.org/
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I think its really important to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK, and push for tangible improvements in services, support, research or policy around bereavement support.
[i] Office for National Statistics Childhood mortality in England and Wales: 2015, released 20 April 2017, available from https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/childhoodinfantandperinatalmortalityinenglandandwales/2015 Note, the 15 a day figure is the result of amalgamation of figures for total UK stillbirths (3,434) and neonatal deaths (2,052), divided by number of days in the year (5,486 / 365 = 15.03 per day). Sands has produced a statistics sheet detailing these calculations in more detail, which can be provided on request.
[ii] The Miscarriage Association (2016) Information [webpage], available at: http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/information/