About Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019

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 60 charities in the UK.

Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity:

• for bereaved parents and families across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives
• to break the silence around pregnancy or baby loss in the UK
• to ensure all bereaved parents in the UK get the best possible care, wherever they live, when they need it

This year's Baby Loss Awareness Week is calling on Governments across the the UK to take action to ensure all parents who experience pregnancy or baby loss and need specialist psychological support can access it, at a time and place that is right for them, free of charge, wherever they live.

Thousands of parents experience pregnancy or baby loss every year, many will go on to experience psychiatric illness that requires specialist support, triggered by intense grief and the trauma of their experience.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a report commissioned for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019, shows that too often this support is unavailable, inaccessible or inappropriate. Bereaved parents are falling through the gaps between policy and funding, regularly overlooked altogether.

Support and Information

For confidential support, information and guidance around baby loss, our helpline team is available to take calls and respond to emails 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.