Taking place 9-15 October every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
Throughout the week, bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Led by Sands, the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance is a collaboration of more than 90 charities working together to break the taboo and to drive tangible improvements in policy, bereavement care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
This year we are delighted that Natwest Group are proudly supporting #BLAW2020 in partnership with Sands and hosting a series of live panel discussions during the Week.
Get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week
Pregnancy and baby loss is often a taboo subject. Help us break the silence around baby loss by talking to your friends, family and colleagues about Baby Loss Awareness Week, wearing a ribbon pin, finding landmarks to turn pink and blue and joining the global #WaveOfLight on 15th October. You can also show your support by changing your social media covers or adding a Twibbon to your profile. Remember to use #BLAW2020 and #YouAreNotAlone in all your posts about the Week! Let's make 2020 the best year yet!
Learn more at www.babyloss-awareness.org
Other things you can do:
- Turn your social media Pink & Blue - to make this super easy we have created a suite of images for you to use to help turn social media Pink and Blue. Choose from a range of profile images and banners for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, whether you are supporting as an individual or an organisation.
- Turn UK Pink & Bue - approach buildings and landmarks in your region to light up in pink and blue. See these useful resources to get you started.
- Contact your local media using template press releases for a Ribbon Remembrance Event or a local building that you have helped turn pink and blue!
Put up the Baby Loss Awareness Week posters and leaflets in your local community, shop windows or at any events you are organising or attending.
Sign up for e-updates: join our mailing list to get the latest updates about Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Live discussions on Facebook hosted by Natwest Group
This year we are delighted that Natwest Group are proudly supporting #BLAW2020 in partnership with Sands.
We are working with NatWest Group to bring you free virtual panel discussions throughout the week which will be streamed live on the BLAW Facebook page.
Topics for daily panel discussions:
Friday 9th October – Introducing Baby Loss Awareness Week
Monday 12th October – Bereavement in the Workplace
Tuesday 13th October – Culture, Ethnicity and Religion
Wednesday 14th October – Baby Loss, Inclusion and LGBTQ+
Thursday 15th October – Remembrance and Wave of Light
Do make sure you click 'Follow' on the BLAW Facebook page so that you don't miss updates about the discussions and everything else that is happening during the Week.
Join the global Wave of Light
Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the global Wave of Light on 15th October, which is also recognised as International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Join the global Wave Of Light at 7pm local time on 15 October. Simply light a candle and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to remember all babies who have died too soon.
Post a photo of your candle to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight
Wear the ribbon pin
Become a member or supporter
There are two ways to be directly involved – either as a member or as a supporter.
Ambassadors and Patrons supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week
In 2019 we had some amazing ambassadors and influencers supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week, including Will and Caro Greenwood, Malin Andersson, Nigel Martyn and many other celebrities, sports stars, bloggers and vloggers.
Watch this special video where they express their support and speak about the importance of breaking the taboo on pregnancy and baby loss.
We're delighted that the actor David Haig has recorded this exclusive video, talking about why Sands and Baby Loss Awareness Week are so important to him and his family.
The difference you've made
Thank you for making Baby Loss Awareness Week so impactful. Take a look at the difference we made in 2019.
Together with you, our amazing alliance charities and partners, we were able to raise more awareness than ever before, helping to instigate real change through Government with our Out Of Sight, Out of Mind report. Our incredible ambassadors shared their experiences encouraging our dedicated supporters to speak out and break the silence around baby loss. The Wave of Light was bigger and brighter this year, with even more parents and families taking part in remembrance events, commemorative activity and the #BLAW2019 Mosaic.
Take a look at the Baby Loss Awareness Week impact infographic or watch the animation below.
Policy Ask - Ask your MP to attend the #BLAW2020 Debate
Nearly 5,000 people took our #BLAW2020 action about partners being excluded from pregnancy, maternity and neonatal services due to COVID-19, despite updated NHS guidance. Thank you, we are receiving lots of useful information from health trusts and boards across the UK. We now need your help with something else.
Debate in Westminster
The #BLAW2020 parliamentary debate in Westminster will take place on Thursday 5th November. It will focus on the impact of COVID-19 highlighting what needs to put in place to avoid the unintended negative consequences of restrictions to services on those experiencing pregnancy and baby loss during a second wave of the pandemic.
Ask your MP to attend the debate here.