At the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week, we are particularly aware of the additional poignancy this year brings.
Thousands of people are affected by the loss of a baby or a pregnancy every year and this year we have the added complications caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The current situation regarding COVID-19 has affected people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation and has had a big impact on mental health and well-being.
As we prepare for World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Baby Loss Awareness Week provides an opportunity for those affected by loss to share their story and for those working in health and care to reach out to those affected by this sad loss and publicise the support available to anyone affected by baby loss, whether this has happened recently or in the past. Bereavement is something we all face, and the loss of a baby or a pregnancy can have lasting implications if we are unable to process our grief and get the support we need.
If you are affected by this, it is vital you get help. You are not alone and there is help and support available for anyone affected by this incredibly sad loss. Losing a baby can happen to anyone and it is important you are able to talk about your feelings and understand how to grieve for your loss. Further details about Baby Loss Awareness Week and the Baby Loss Alliance are available.
Support is available in Doncaster through the Doncaster Mumbler website and anyone who has lost a baby is invited to join families all over the world on Thursday 15th October at 7pm in remembering all babies that have died too soon, by lighting a candle or join virtually, by posting a photo of your candle with #WaveOfLight
Information on bereavement and grief support is available on the RDaSH website.
Local charity JOEL– The Complete Package, is a charity supporting families through pregnancy and parenting after baby loss, set up by Emma and Matthew Pearson, whose twin boys were born sleeping in 2011. Team JOEL offers support to parents online, via closed facebook groups and email. They have a range of free resources such as sibling resource packs, information for employers and a pregnancy rainbow pregnancy diary. Their aim is to celebrate families as a whole and they are a very positive charity, helping families nationally visit their website. Alternatively, visit their facebook page or contact them on 07591 740287.
Further information and support:
- Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity and exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth; further support and information
- Bliss exists to give every baby born premature or sick in the UK the best chance of survival and quality of life. We support parents to be involved in their baby’s hospital care by providing them with information and emotional support, and training healthcare professionals. Bliss campaigns for changes in policy and practice and fund life-changing neonatal research.
- The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep. Working with the NHS, we run a national service for bereaved parents, supporting families before and after the birth of their new baby.