Taking place 9-15 October every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
Throughout the week, bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Led by Sands, the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance is a collaboration of more than 70 charities working together to break the taboo and to drive tangible improvements in policy, bereavement care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
Get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week
Pregnancy and baby loss is often a taboo subject. Help us break the silence around baby loss by talking to your friends, family and colleagues about Baby Loss Awareness Week, wearing a ribbon pin, finding landmarks to turn pink and blue and joining the global #WaveOfLight on 15th October. You can also show your support by changing your social media covers or adding a Twibbon to your profile. Let's make 2020 the best year yet!
Learn more at www.babyloss-awareness.org
Other things you can do:
- Take part in events - see tips about organising a local event an event or see which existing events you can join.
- Turn UK Pink & Bue - approach buildings and landmarks in your region to light up in pink and blue. See these useful resources to get you started.
- Contact your local media using template press releases for a Ribbon Remembrance Event or a local building that you have helped turn pink and blue!
Put up the Baby Loss Awareness Week posters and leaflets in your local community, shop windows or at any events you are organising or attending.
Sign up for e-updates: join our mailing list to get the latest updates about Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Ambassadors and Patrons supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week
We're pleased to have some amazing ambassadors and influencers supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week, including Will and Caro Greenwood, Malin Andersson, Nigel Martyn and many other celebrities, sports stars, bloggers and vloggers.
Watch this special video where they express their support and speak about the importance of breaking the taboo on pregnancy and baby loss.
We're delighted that the actor David Haig has recorded this exclusive video, talking about why Sands and Baby Loss Awareness Week are so important to him and his family.
Join this important video campaign by recording a short video of support and posting it on your social media. Don't forget to add #BLAW2020 hashtag and tag us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. More details at bit.ly/BLAW2019script
Support the "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" campaign
Last Baby Loss Awareness Week we called on Governments across the UK to take action to ensure that all parents who experience pregnancy or baby loss and need specialist psychological support can access it, at a time and place that is right for them, free of charge, wherever they live.
Thousands of parents experience pregnancy or baby loss every year, many will go on to experience psychiatric illness that requires specialist support, triggered by intense grief and the trauma of their experience.
Our research shows that too often this support is unavailable, inaccessible or inappropriate. Bereaved parents are falling through the gaps between policy and funding, regularly overlooked altogether.
Join the global Wave of Light
Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the global Wave of Light on 15th October, which is also recognised as International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Join the global Wave Of Light at 7pm local time on 15 October. Simply light a candle and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to remember all babies who have died too soon.
Post a photo of your candle to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight
Wear the ribbon pin
Become a member or supporter
There are two ways to be directly involved – either as a member or as a supporter.
The difference you've made
Thank you for making Baby Loss Awareness Week so impactful. Take a look at the difference we've made in 2019.
Together with you, our amazing alliance charities and partners, we were able to raise more awareness than ever before, helping to instigate real change through Government with our Out Of Sight, Out of Mind report. Our incredible ambassadors shared their experiences encouraging our dedicated supporters to speak out and break the silence around baby loss. The Wave of Light was bigger and brighter this year, with even more parents and families taking part in remembrance events, commemorative activity and the #BLAW2019 Mosaic.
Take a look at the Baby Loss Awareness Week impact infographic or watch the animation below.