Baby Loss Awareness Week: 9-15 October 2017

By Lucy Wells, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence department

Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to break the silence about baby loss in the UK and runs from 9th to 15th October. It is a chance for bereaved parents, their families and friends to unite to commemorate their babies’ lives. In the UK the event is supported by over 40 charities including Sands, Bliss, the Lullaby Trust and Tommy’s.

Not only is Baby Loss Awareness Week about breaking the silence around baby and pregnancy loss, and supporting families suffering these tragedies, it is also about identifying preventable deaths and improving care. This year there is a particular focus on calling for improved bereavement support for families affected by baby and pregnancy loss.

As part of Baby Loss Awareness Week everyone is invited to light a candle at 7pm on 15 October and join the global Wave of Light to remember all the babies that have sadly passed away. You can follow #waveoflight on social media to see those getting involved.

At Switalskis Solicitors, we frequently work with families who have been effected by pregnancy and baby loss. The loss of any baby is devastating and grief can be compounded when a family later find out that the loss could have been avoided.  

As pregnancy and baby loss is so upsetting, people find it very difficult to talk about, so the work of Baby Loss Awareness Week is really important to raise awareness, increase support and ensure health professionals are properly trained to recognise warning signs and to care for the families involved. It is not there to normalise what can be one of the most devastating time in someone’s life but it is there to shine a light on periods of darkness. The #waveoflight shows no life is in vain or forgotten and you are not alone in this.

We have experience in cases of delayed treatment of ectopic pregnancies, stillbirth, placental abruption, failed treatment following miscarriage, drug errors in very young babies and children, meningitis, and delayed diagnosis and treatment of other pregnancy illnesses such as intrauterine growth restriction and pre-eclampsia. If you would like to talk to us about treatment relating to pregnancy or baby loss, then we are here for you and are happy to offer free advice to those seeking more information. Please remember, you are not alone.

Please join us on Sunday 15th October as we light our candles and show the world we remember and we care. #waveoflight