October 9th marks the 20th year of Baby Loss Awareness Week in the UK. Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place every year from 9th-15th October and aims to remember, raise awareness, and drive change.
This week is dedicated and an opportunity to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss and how it affects thousands of families every year. It’s also an opportunity to support bereaved parents and families and commemorate their babies’ lives and lost pregnancies. The campaign aims to drive improvements in care and support for anyone affected.
Pregnancy and baby loss statistics
In the UK, a stillbirth is defined as the death of a child at or after the 24th week of pregnancy, while a miscarriage is typically regarded as the loss of a child before the 24th week of pregnancy.
It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience pregnancy or baby loss.
In 2020, 1 in every 225 pregnancies ended in stillbirth
In 2020, 1,719 babies who were born after 24 weeks gestation died in their first 28 days of life in England Wales.
We are aware that going through a pregnancy can be challenging and can feel hopeless, confusing or even lonely and you might be unclear of what your next steps will be. Find support that’s right for you here.
How Can I Support Baby Loss Awareness Week?
Turn the UK Pink and Blue
Wave of Light
Make a donation
As well as showing your support with a handmade pink and blue ribbon pins and enamel badges, you can show your support by identifying shop fronts or other community wall spaces to hold a display.