Each year 9-15 October is Baby Loss Awareness Week. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.

Baby Loss Awareness Week also provides a chance to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK. This year we are calling for improved bereavement support for families affected by baby and pregnancy loss.

Baby Lifeline is proud to be a member of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance.

Our Work to Help Prevent Baby Loss

The latest figures show that every day around 14 babies are stillborn or die in their first 28 days of life, and the majority of these may have had a different outcome with different care.

Baby Lifeline is working to reduce these numbers by providing healthcare professionals working in maternity with the tools and skills they need.

  • We provide high-quality training in areas identified by perinatal and maternal mortality reports, and equipment requested by maternity units across the UK.
  • We also carry out national research concerning improvements to maternity care. The research we do is used to inform health policy and lobby government to motivate change.
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Training - Saving Babies' Lives

Our Implementing Saving Babies’ Lives training course aims to help maternity healthcare professionals, including sonographers, midwives and obstetricians to predict and prevent prematurity, identify babies that are too small for their gestational age, and strategies to reduce stillbirth.

Our faculty are leaders in their field with national and international reputations, working together with local obstetricians and midwife sonographers who are working on the front-line, to provide interactive sessions and lively discussion about problems that arise in everyday clinical practice and the challenges posed in attempting to deliver a high quality service for all.

Equally, training health professionals in appropriate bereavement care is paramount in ensuring that all families receive the same support following a tragic loss. No family should feel isolated or unsupported. We are proud to be part of this Baby Loss Awareness movement.