At Farleys, we sadly see clients who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or baby due to medical negligence. Those families not only have to deal with a devastating loss, but also with the knowledge that it was entirely preventable.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is an important and vital campaign aimed at not only raising awareness and encouraging people to talk about baby loss, but also driving change to make sure that preventable deaths are avoided in the future.
Baby Loss Awareness Week – What is it?
Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 20th year, is an opportunity for everyone in the baby loss community and beyond to come together to remember and commemorate our much-loved and missed babies.
The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss; the importance that bereavement support plays in the ongoing bereavement journey; and of the vital work that is needed to improve pregnancy outcomes and to save babies’ lives.
It is a wonderful opportunity to bring together families who has suffered a devastating loss to share their experiences and to allow other families going through similar situations to know that they are not alone.
Charities and groups work together throughout the week to raise awareness of the issues that affect people who have lost a baby and to highlight the need for improvements in bereavement care, research, and prevention of infant loss.
This year Baby Loss Awareness Week will be exploring the theme of Stepping Stones and how someone whose baby has passed away finds themselves on a new path they never expected to be on.
Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands and Chair of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance, said: “Following their loss, families find themselves on a new path they never expected to be on. This year, Baby Loss Awareness Week focuses on the steps along that journey, and how they are different for everyone. Some steps along the journey can feel harder than others, but there is always a hand to support anyone when they feel unsteady.
How to get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week
Campaigner’s ideas to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week include:
Light up your garden
Whether it’s your front or back garden, a balcony or a terrace, you can go pink and blue in your own outdoor space. From tree-lights to solar powered pot lights, it’s time to get creative!
Candles & Decorations
Pink and blue tealight holders, bunting, window decorations and more – make pink & blue your own. We’ve seen window decorations made out of pink and blue post-its and beautiful moments from pink & blue candles.
Dress up for the day
Something everyone can do is dress in pink & blue! Tell your colleagues, friends and family to dress up in pink & blue to help raise awareness for Baby Loss Awareness Week. From pink socks to blue hair, the choice is yours!
You can also add a ribbon to your social media pages to show your support of the campaign.
At the end of the week, there will be a virtual International Wave of Light, where people all over the world will light a candle at 7pm on 15th October 2022 in memory of the baby or babies they have lost. Photos will be shared on social media to create a wave of light.
The Baby Loss Awareness Week website has lots of ideas for how you can get involved, along with lots of information and support available, see here.
Medical Negligence Claims
The focus of this year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week is stepping stones to highlight the new path that families find themselves on following the loss of a pregnancy or baby. Our clients often tell us that they had not expected to find themselves on this path when they received the life changing news that they were going to have a baby. We understand the path is even more difficult to navigate with the knowledge that the loss was due to medical negligence and could have been avoided or prevented.
If you have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or baby due to medical negligence, it might be possible to bring a claim against the Hospital Trust. These types of claims are not only medically complex but also highly emotional and our understanding and caring members of staff are here to guide you down that path you now find yourself on. We pride ourselves on offering the best legal service, compassionately guiding these families on what are very emotional journeys.
To speak to a member of the team in confidence, please call 0845 287 0939 or contact us by email.