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What You Need to Know About Baby Loss Awareness Week
Every year, thousands of families in the UK are affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. Potter Rees Dolan supports the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week (BLAW), which helps to raise awareness of the common causes of infant mortality and offer support to those who have experienced this tragedy.
The week takes place between 9th to 15th October each year and provides parents, their families and friends with an opportunity to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who sadly died. Over 60 charities across the UK also come together to commemorate the lives of babies and provide resources for struggling families.
BLAW calls for tangible improvements to be made in research, care and policy around bereavement support while highlighting the services that are currently available for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby.
Each day across the week, a different topic is explored to encourage people to speak up, share their experience of loss, talk about how they’ve coped and what strategies did (and didn’t) help. To find out this year’s topics for Baby Loss Awareness Week, visit the organisation’s website.
How to Support Baby Loss Awareness Week
You can support Baby Loss Awareness Week in a number of ways, including:
- lighting a candle to remember each precious life that have been lost
- organising a virtual fundraising event
- helping to turn the UK pink and blue
- buying a pin or other merchandise
- making a donation - to donate £5 text ‘BABYLOSS 5’ to 70085*
- sharing their incredible resources
*This costs £5 plus a standard message rate.
How to Turn The UK Pink and Blue at Home
If you want to get involved in BLAW’s attempts to turn the UK pink and blue over the week, there are some simple things you can do at home.
Candles and decorations
Use candle holders, bunting, window decorations and more to create a unique pink and blue display in your home’s windows.
There are lots of varieties of outdoor lights to turn your front or back garden, balcony or terrace pink and blue.
If fancy dress is more your thing, get everyone to dress up in pink and blue by organising a work fancy dress day, for example.
Turn your social media pink and blue with BLAW’s official social media images. Download yours here.
Baby Loss Charities and Resources
- SANDs (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death)
- Miscarriage Association
- The Lullaby Trust
- Child Bereavement UK
Baby Loss and Clinical Negligence
Unfortunately, we at Potter Rees Dolan often see clients who have suffered the loss of a baby due to clinical negligence. When this happens, not only do the family have to come to terms with a devastating loss, but also with the prospect that it was entirely preventable.
If you or a loved one have lost a baby as a result of clinical negligence, we are here to listen and help you get the support you need by making a claim for compensation. To speak to a solicitor, call us on 0800 027 2557, or fill in the form on this page to request a call back.