Baby Loss Awareness Week, Day 3.
Awareness, what does that mean? Awareness that not all babies sadly make it, and that can be from a very early stage of pregnancy or around the time of birth, or in the neonatal period. The current UK statistics are that 1:4 early pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 15 babies EVERY single day in the UK are stillborn or a neonatal death. That's 250,000 (that we know of) early pregnancy losses, and of the latter that's 5,475 babies that die every year. The 5475, the reality of that number is the capacity of 13 jumbo jets!
Awareness isn't scaremongering, it's letting people know the facts, the reality that this is 255,475 individuals, couples, siblings, families, friends and hospital/community staff who are affected. This isn't including the number of people who are also affected by ectopic pregnancy, failed IVF, who matter just as much.
Awareness is about support; support we as a charity can give, support that the 60 charities who are involved in Baby Loss Awareness Week can give, and all are here to keep the parents affected at the centre of importance.
Support however can be offered by anyone, but often people don't know what to do or say. It's is very often said that people 'walk across the road' from a bereaved parent as the person doesn't know how to react, the person doesn't want to say the wrong thing. What do you say? It doesn't have to be complicated, 'I'm so sorry', 'Is there anything I can do to help', 'I don't know what to say, but I am here for you', or if it's right just a simple touch or hug, as sometimes there are no words.
Awareness is that baby loss does not go away, it's learning to live every day with that loss, learning to carry it. This can be done in many ways, but ultimately through support, through ongoing acknowledgement, through awareness. 💜
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