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Remembering those affected by baby loss

Friday marks the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week (October 9 to 15), a time for bereaved parents and their families and friends to unite with others around the world and commemorate their baby’s lives.

Now in its 18th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week raises awareness of pregnancy and baby death in the United Kingdom and the devastating impact it has on those affected by it. The week also highlights the need for improvements in both care and support for those affected and in the prevention of pregnancy and baby loss.

Speaking about the initiative, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston said:

“This year, Baby Loss Awareness Week focuses on the sense of isolation many people experience following pregnancy and baby loss and how this feeling can be felt by women, their partners and their wider families and circle of friends.

“The impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing social distancing measures have entrenched these feelings among many and has seen their grief further complicated by increased feelings of isolation and loneliness.

“That is why it is more important than ever that we all come together and let those affected by pregnancy and baby loss that support is there for them and they do not have to face this alone.

“Throughout the week a series of online events and support sessions have been organised and full details can be found here or by following the hashtag #BLAW2020

“There will also be a Virtual Service of Remembrance at 3 pm on Sunday 11 October. This will be available on the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Facebook page and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and show their support for those who have experienced the loss of a precious baby.”

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