Every day, on average, 13 babies die in the UK – some are born sleeping; others die from natural causes; whilst some die from medical negligence.
However, they are not just statistics – they are loved and missed.
This year is the 20th year of Baby Loss Awareness Week, which is an opportunity for those who have been touched by pregnancy and baby loss, to come together in a safe and supportive space to share their experiences and recognise that they are not alone.
Each year the week ends with a Wave of Light at 7pm on 15 October, a moment where candles are lit across the world to commemorate all of the much-loved and much-missed babies, which also allows messages of remembrance, reflection and hope to be shared. People, organisations and landmarks are also invited to turn Pink and Blue in a mark of solidarity, respect and support.
This year's theme is "Stepping Stones" – as each parent or family find themselves on a path they never expected, the grief journey can be overwhelming. Steps are taken along that journey, large or small, some harder than others – but always with support from those who have been touched by the loss of a baby.
Lanyon Bowdler support the important work that organisations such as SANDS, Tommy's and the Miscarriage Association, who are the UKs leading stillbirth, miscarriage and neonatal death charities, and together we have supported and continue to support those families who have been affected by baby loss. Most recently those arising from the maternity scandals at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and Nottingham Hospitals Trust.
This week, our thoughts are with all of those whose lives have been affected by baby loss, and we invite you to light a candle at 7pm on 15 October and join the Wave of Light that will mark an important global moment of remembrance.