• Tara Pollak

Baby Loss Awareness Week, 9-15 October

I am about to start research for this project and it seems just right that Baby Loss Awareness Week is around the corner.

What is Baby Loss Awareness Week?

Every year, charities who provide related services come together during this week to spread awareness about pregnancy loss, discuss its impact on people, their families and communities. They highlight the need to talk about pregnancy loss and provide adequate services such as access to counselling, a support network and appropriate medical care.

This year, pregnancy loss has been made even more difficult given hospital restrictions and social distancing. Services have responded by moving online, and sharing support digitally. From October 9-15 2020, you can learn more and share your own experiences by following the hashtags #BLAW2020 and #YouAreNotAlone.

The charities organising the format for BLAW2020 (such as Sands, The Miscarriage Association, Tommy's, Held in Our Hearts or SiMBA) have organised topics for the week as follows:

Fri 9 October – An introduction to the week with a focus on mental wellbeing, a day for those directly affected

Sat 10 October – A focus on partners, and also including those without partners

Sun 11 October – Considering the wider family, including children, and friends – support for them and how they can support someone they know

Mon 12 October – A focus on the workplace – employees, employers/managers, HR and colleagues

Tue 13 October – Looking at how issues around culture, ethnicity and religion can impact positively or negatively on pregnancy and baby loss

Wed 14 October – Exploring the impact of pregnancy loss and looking at the needs of LGBTQ+ people

Thu 15 October – A focus on remembrance, the different ways in which people remember their babies, different cultures and traditions; and the Wave of Light

I will be posting on this blog throughout the week, and highlighting key take-aways in my instagram account reproducing_loss and on twitter @taramariapollak.

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