How to join in Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018
Join the Wave of Light
Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15th with the global ‘Wave of Light’, where bereaved parents, families and friends from across the world come together to remember their babies who died too soon.
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We are proud to launch our strategy for the next three years today. Our new strategy sets out our vision, mission and values as one organisation. It outlines our commitments for 2020 and makes clear our strategic objectives for the next three years.
Sands' 2017/2020 Strategy
Every day in the UK alone, 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth.
Our vision is for a world where fewer babies die and when a baby dies anyone affected by the death receives the best care and support for as long as they need. Parents and families who have experienced baby death remain at the core of everything we do.
By 2020 we will:
- reduce the number of babies dying by at least 20%
- have a bereavement lead in every trust or health board and at least one bereavement suite in every hospital
- implement a National Bereavement Care Pathway to make sure that every parent receives equally excellent bereavement care
- ensure a high-quality review of care is carried out, in partnership with parents, after every baby’s death
- raise awareness of the issues surrounding stillbirth and neonatal death and to reduce the taboo associated with these deaths
- ensure every bereaved parent receives a free memory box
To achieve our vision and make good on our commitments, we’ve outlined the following four key objectives.
- To reduce the number of babies dying before, during and shortly after birth
- To ensure the right care and support is available at the right time after the death of a baby
- To grow as one strong, sustainable and effective organisation
- To raise awareness of the issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death
You can read more about these in our 2017/2020 Strategy. Or you can view our Strategy summary, below.
Sands' 2017-2020 Strategy Summary
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Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9 to 15 October every year. It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who have died. It is is led by Sands in collaboration with over 40 charities in the UK.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity:
- for bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.
- to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK, and push for tangible improvements in services, support, research or policy around bereavement support
- to let the public and key stakeholders know what charities and other supportive organisations are doing on bereavement support around pregnancy and baby loss
Better Bereavement Care
This year we want to talk about better bereavement care for people affected by pregnancy and baby loss.
It is vital that good bereavement care is offered to anyone who has lost a baby before, during or after birth.
However, the standard of care in the UK varies widely between regions. Bereavement care training is mandatory in under half of NHS Trusts and Health Boards. At the last count, one in three Trusts and Health Boards did not have a dedicated bereavement room in each maternity unit they cover.
As a result, many parents do not receive good quality, or indeed not any, bereavement support around pregnancy or baby loss. The quality and consistency of care can vary depending on the circumstances of baby loss, where parents live, and even on who may be on shift that day.
Together with the other charities participating in Baby Loss Awareness Week, Sands believes that there should be high quality bereavement support services and care available for people wherever they live in the UK. Everyone should have the chance to have the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.