Baby Loss Awareness Week - break the silence

This Baby Loss Awareness Week, help us break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss.

What is Baby Loss Awareness Week?

Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place every year between 9 and 15 October and gives:

  • Bereaved parents, their family and friends the opportunity to unite with others globally to commemorate their baby's lives.
  • Those affected by baby loss, charities and other organisations the opportunity to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss in the UK
  • Charities, supporters and other organisations the opportunity to drive improvements in the bereavement care and support available for those affected.

Bliss is one of over 60 charities from across the UK who collaborate during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Our 2019 message

We want every parent who needs specialist psychological support following pregnancy and baby loss to be able to access services which are:

  • Appropriate to their needs and delivered by specialist staff
  • Easily accessible to every parent who needs it and free of charge
  • Available at a time that is right for parents.

However, our research shows that the provision of these services is patchy at best - and non-existent at worst. Too many people are unable to access the support they need, when they need it. That's why we're calling on all UK Governments and service providers to commit to improving the availability and quality of the psychological support on offer.

You can read our findings and find out how to take action on Wednesday 9 October, so watch this space!

How can I get involved this year?

There are plenty of other things to do and ways to get involved this Baby Loss Awareness Week. You might want to:

  • Join the global Wave of Light at 7pm on 15 October. Simply light a candle and leave it burning for at least an hour to remember all babies who have died to soon. You can share a picture of your candle on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight
  • Attend an event or commemoration service. Find out what's happening near you!

For more ways to get involved please visit the Baby Loss Awareness Week website.