Baby Loss Awareness Week, held annually between 9 – 15 October, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, family members and friends to commemorate the all-too-brief lives of their babies and pregnancies, knowing that thousands of other families around the world understand how they feel and will be doing the same.
The week also presents the chance for people to talk openly about the subject of and raise awareness of baby loss and pregnancy loss.
The week culminates, as always, with Baby Loss Awareness Day on 15 October and the poignant global Wave of Light at 7pm. During this wave of light, we remember the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth by lighting a candle at 7pm and leaving it to burn for at least one hour. You can also choose to share your candle with everyone on our Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Instagram pages, if you so wish. However you choose to mark your loss, you will be uniting with others across the world in honour of those pregnancies and babies who lit up our lives for such a short time and we hope this event can bring some comfort.
Show your support and help raise awareness by wearing a Baby Loss Awareness Pin Badge
The Baby Loss Awareness pin badge is available in our shop. This badge is shared by all of the Baby Loss Awareness Campaign collaborating charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Whether you decide to participate, quietly light a candle or not, we wish that the week passes peacefully for all and that it brings another little piece of healing.
Every year, we support thousands of people affected by loss through ectopic pregnancy via our phone helpline, our online forum and by email.
Baby loss debate in Parliament
On Thursday 23 September, MPs came together in the House of Commons for the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week debate. The debate was held slightly earlier this year as Parliament is in recess during Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Taking place in the Main Chamber this year, you can catch up on the debate here.