Look out for special events run by volunteers and Sands staff in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 15 June 2017.
15 babies a day events
We are kicking off the initiative with events across several sites in London on the 15th June 2017, with further events planned in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the same day. We will be reporting on our events as they happen on social media using the hashtag #15babiesaday. We will release more details about the events nearer the time.
By holding events and making as much noise as we can about the appalling fact that 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth in the UK, we hope to:
- Engage with the general public and raise awareness of issues surrounding baby death.
- Promote ways to support friends and family members whose baby has died.
Sands is made up of over 90 local groups across the UK. Many of them are holding #15babiesaday events from 16 June. To find out if there’s an event happening near you, or if you’d like to be involved, contact your local group.
Throughout June, we’re publishing 15 blogs by different individuals about their experience of the death of a baby. We aim to show how devastating and impactful the loss of one baby can be to mums, dads, brothers and sisters, midwives, doctors, colleagues and more. Read our 15 perspectives blog posts.
Download our new resources and help us spread the word that 15 babies dying before, during or shortly after birth every day in the UK is unacceptable.
Sands Awareness Month
Our #15babiesaday initiative takes place during Sands Awareness Month, when we all work hard to increase awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death and the everlasting impact experienced when a precious baby dies during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards.