Today not only marks the first day of Baby Loss Awareness Week, but also the first blog on the new website!
Those who have followed me for a while, will know, a lot of my blog posts, surround the Baby Loss subject. It is, for those who don’t know me, a subject really close to my heart, after suffering 3 recurrent miscarriages over a period of 2 years, between having my son and my daughter.
To begin the week of awareness blogs, I’m today sharing with you, a video.
Not so long ago, I saw a shared post on Facebook, from a lovely lady, Jo Cope. Jo is a photographer who specialises in taking photos of babies who sadly never leave the hospital. Her business, Tiny Souls Bereavement Photography take photos for free, for bereaved families, and currently serve Broomfield Hospital in Essex.
Jo asked if people who’d lost babies would be willing to photograph themselves holding a sheet of paper, with their lost babies details on, or, if they wished not to be in the picture, to just take a photo of the details of their little one.
I took part in this, and Jo, created the video to share with you all on this special week.
I have to say, the first time I saw this video (I say first time, because I literally cannot stop watching it), I was blown away by the shared experiences amongst all involved.
1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 5700 babies will die in the UK per year before. during, or after birth-that’s 17 babies every single day. That statistic on its own, written down in black and white, isn’t always as obvious as the same statistics shown visually.
This video is Jo’s way, my way, our way, of showing people watching, how many little lives are lost in such a short amount of time.
At the end of the video, you’ll see the baby loss charity, Sands mentioned. Please, if you can (I know on the run up to Christmas everyone is feeling the pinch), donate just £2, by texting the word LOSS90 to 70072, so Sands can fund research to prevent these losses happening to more families across the UK. They also put their money into support for those who have been through loss, and into improvements to maternity services. You can find out other ways to donate and support this amazing charity by clicking here.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is exactly that, its a week, that as many people as possible, come together to raise awareness of babies being lost and the reasons behind the losses.
I could not think of a better way of starting this week of awareness off, so here is the video.
Help us spread awareness today and for this week, share this blog, the video and help us help others.