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Stillbirth affects hundreds of parents every year

A film and a Parliamentary debate help to highlight the impact of stillbirth on families

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10 October 2016

Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from October 9 to 15 2016 and provides those parents and families who have suffered  the loss of a baby in pregnancy, or during or after birth a special opportunity to remember the loss of their loved one. During the week bereaved parents will unite to show their support for each other and celebrate their babies lives.

The week also offers people a chance to talk and raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death which continues to affect thousands throughout the UK.  We work with many charities such as Group B Strep Support, SANDS and others who support families at a time of loss.
The awareness week finishes each year on 15 October when people are invited take part in a global ‘Wave of Light’ to remember all babies who died in pregnancy, during, or after birth.  
People are invited to light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for an hour to remember the loss of those babies that died too soon.

Two MPs who have suffered the loss of a baby have arranged a debate in the House of Commons this Thursday on the subject, hoping that talking about the subject will help other parents from suffering in silence.

A documentary film, Still Loved, will be screened in cinemas later this month.  The film explains the impact of stillbirth and hopes to bring greater understanding of an experience which still remains largely taboo.

Leigh Day medical negligence partner Emmalene Bushnell adds her support to the awareness week. Emmalene has supported many parents looking for answers after the death of their babies.

She said:

"Through working with bereaved parents and families, we are familiar with the trauma and sadness that follows the loss of a baby.

"We welcome Baby Loss Awareness Week as an opportunity for parents to remember and celebrate the lives of the babies they have lost and to raise awareness."

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