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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

Healthcare partners and local charities across Coventry and Warwickshire are supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October 2021) by hosting a short service at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 10 October at 2pm, for anyone who has ever been affected in any way by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.

After the service people are invited to bring their own picnic to the lawn outside, where they will have the opportunity to meet the organisers and other families. There will also be an opportunity after the service to chalk hearts on the floor of the Cathedral Ruins, as a symbol of the continuing love and loss that is remembered at this time.

Organisers of the event said: We hope our beautiful and uplifting event will help those who have been affected feel more connected and less alone.

“We want to support families to help to break the silence and talk openly about baby loss.”

Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and their friends, to commemorate babies’ lives, raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss, and to drive for improvements in both care and support for those affected and to save babies’ lives in the future. The Week is led by Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity), in collaboration with more than 100 organisations across the UK.

This year Baby Loss Awareness Week will be exploring the theme of wellbeing and sharing what has helped that anyone affected by pregnancy and baby loss to recover and build a life after loss.

Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents, grandparents, siblings and wider family and friends to come together and remember their babies who have died, however long ago.

“For anyone whose baby has died, however recent or long ago, the world is changed forever, and there is no simple answer to grief. Finding ways to cope and look after yourself or your partner is different for everyone.


“We hope that this year’s event at Coventry Cathedral will help start more conversations about pregnancy and baby loss, and by doing so help bereaved parents and families feel more able to talk about their babies and find ways to look after themselves and others.”

Locally, NHS Trusts, groups and charities across Coventry and Warwickshire have shared information and organised events each year to support local families during this valuable campaign week.

For more information please visit www.babyloss-awareness.org.  From the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week and throughout SANDS are also encouraging communities across the UK to turn Pink and Blue as possible to show their individual support.

The event will be held just inside the Coventry Cathedral’s glass doors. Further information can be found here Baby Loss Support Organisations (geh.nhs.uk)

About Baby Loss Awareness Week


Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9th to 15th October every year and is an opportunity for those affected by pregnancy and baby loss and their families and friends to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives and lost pregnancies. The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in the UK and providing support to anyone affected. By working with health professionals and other organisations, the week aims to drive for improvements in bereavement care and support, and to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and baby loss.

For more information, visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org

Updated September 2021

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The local group is Coventry & District Sands and is run by volunteers.  The group's trained befrienders offer peer emotional support to bereaved families.  If you are looking for support please contact the group at support.coventry@sands.org.uk or on 07896 500237.  Please leave a message and a befriender will call you back.

Sands also has a national bereavement support helpline run by dedicated and experienced staff.  The team are available to speak on the phone 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday, and 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Please call 0808 164 3332 or email helpline@sands.org.uk

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Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support aims to support anybody who has experienced the tragic loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Registered Charity Number: 1171082. The group meet every first Tuesday on Zoom 8.15 p.m. – 9.15 p.m.  Contact: Nicky Rygielski  07792023020 Sophiagroup16@gmail.com 

www.sophiapregnancylosssupport.com

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The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Contact: 0116 2544341

Www.thelauracentre.org.uk 

 

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The Lily Mae Foundation supports families affected by stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage or medical termination. 

Support meeting every first Tuesday. Offers 1:1 Bereavement Support Service.
Contact: 01676 535716

Or Amy Jackson on 07985 657378

info@lilymaefoundation.org

www.lilymaefoundation.org

 

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The Luca Foundation provides and repairs cuddle cots for every maternity unit & baby hospice in the UK that needs one. They also have a book to help explain bereavement to children whilst protecting their mental health on their website. Contact Sharon Luca, Tel: 01926 754076  
Email: info@thelucafoundation.org.uk
Website: www.thelucafoundation.org.uk

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Zoe's Place is a specialised service providing short breaks, palliative Care and End of Life Care to babies and infants with life Limiting and Life threatening conditions.

Contact : Gina Harris

Gina.harris@zoes-place.org.uk

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The Acorn Centre offers a specialist counselling service for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, TFMR, stillbirth or neonatal death, postnatal depression and offers post abortion support. During the pandemic the Centre is offering remote online counselling sessions, with plans to re-open the Centre for face-to-face counselling again once restrictions have eased.  

Contact Jane Brown by email info@acorncentrewarks.org.uk or call 07884 966464. 

Website: www.acorncentrewarks.org.uk 

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Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity whose mission is to make sure every mother and baby have the safest and best care possible. It does this by supporting and working with NHS professionals – buying equipment, developing and providing critical training, and conducting research.

 

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Freddie's Wish provides bereavement support and signposting to bereaved families affected by the loss of a pregnancy, infant or child. Funds paediatric first aid awareness courses. 

Contact Charlotte Jolliffe

Contact: info@freddieswish.org

Hospital Chaplaincy Departments:

Ricarda Witcombe (SWFT) Ricarda.witcombe@swft.nhs.uk

Kerrie Marsden (UHCW) Kerrie.marsden@uhcw.nhs.uk

Janelle Kingham: (George Eliot Hospital) Janelle.kingham@geh.nhs.uk

Bereavement Midwives & nurses

Mandy Price:  Amanda.price@swft.nhs.uk

Stef Carter: Stephanie.Carter@uhcw.nhs.uk

Sam Collinge samantha.collinge@geh.nhs.uk

Leah Callander leah.callander@geh.nhs.uk

 

Nurses on Beaumont Ward (Warwick) Thelma.hodder@swft.nhs.uk

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Rev Canon Kathryn Fleming

Kathryn.Fleming@CoventryCathedral.org.uk