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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

5th October 2016

Baby Loss Awareness Week is taking place from 9 October – 15 October 2016.

Each year, it is an opportunity for parents, families and friends to acknowledge and remember the precious babies who have sadly died.

While some families of multiples have lost one baby, others have lost more. Each loss carries its own burden of sorrow and some may not know where to turn for support. Family and friends may also feel scared about bringing up the subject.

Baby Loss Awareness Week seeks to offer support to those who have lost babies and also help banish the taboo of talking about them.

Throughout the week, bereaved parents and their families are being encouraged to share examples of something that someone said or did that helped them after their baby died. It is hoped that this will inspire others and bring the issue out into the open. We will encourage people to do this on social media, but we can post on your behalf if you wish to remain anonymous.

Alternatively, if you’d like to add a message on our memorial, you can do so here.

We would like your support to help raise the profile of Baby Loss Awareness Week. We’re asking parents and bereaved families to send this letter to your local newspaper. We’ve left a gap where you can write about your own circumstances but if you’d prefer not to do this, this sentence can easily be deleted.

We’d love to hear how you get on and whether your letter is published! Please send a photo of the letters page to emmawright@tamba.org.uk

At the end of the week, on Saturday 15 October at 7pm, there will be the national Wave Of Light. Families are encouraged to light a candle to remember babies and share a photograph or video on social media.

We also want to use this week to make people aware of Tamba’s support services, especially our befriending service, a secret social media group and The Tamba Bereavement Support Group. The group, which also provides a booklet and quarterly newsletter, was set up in 1982 in response to requests from parents who had lost a twin.

Sadly, twins are four times more likely to die during pregnancy, compared to a single baby, and seven times more likely to die shortly after birth. They are also susceptible to twin-related conditions such as TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome).

Of course, Tamba’s priority, and the main aim of Baby Loss Awareness Week, is to offer support. However, if you do feel as though you are in the ‘right place’ and would like to donate, we are appealing for people to support our Big Research Appeal. This appeal will fund all kinds of research which we hope will improve the outcomes for future multiple births and ultimately save young lives. Alternatively, if you’d like to fundraise for Tamba, email luciewigley@tamba.org.uk

Two families have kindly offered to share their stories about baby loss to help raise awareness during the week. Aimee and Michael have lost three babies, including twins. Catherine has given birth to two sets of twins, but sadly one of the girls passed away.

 Click here to read Aimee and Michael's Story

Click here to read Catherine's Story

To learn more about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit: Baby Loss Awareness

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