Each year The Lullaby Trust joins other leading baby charities to raise awareness of baby loss and campaign to secure the support of MPs for the provision of better bereavement care.

Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place 9-15th October. During this week families all over the world commemorate the lives of their babies and share memories of the all too brief time they had together.

The week ends with the global Wave of Light on Sunday 15th October, where candles are lit across the globe as part of international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week provide support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, and work with health professionals and services to improve care.

Activity in 2017

In 2017, we called for better bereavement care for people affected by pregnancy and baby loss.

It is vital that good bereavement care is offered to anyone who has lost a baby. Unfortunately standards of care vary depending on where the parents live and even who is on shift that day as many hospitals do not have bereavement training for staff or a dedicated bereavement room in their maternity unit.

We believe that, as far as is possible, there should be high quality bereavement support services and care available for everyone wherever they live in the UK. Everyone should have the chance to have the support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.

This Baby Loss Awareness Week, we talked about what could be done right now to better support families affected by the death of a baby.

For more information about Baby Loss Awareness Week and the specific things we called for in 2017, please read our press release or visit the Baby Loss Awareness Week website.

Our bereavement support services

If you want to talk to The Lullaby Trust, our free bereavement support helpline is open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 6pm-10pm during the weekend on 0808 802 6868.