Last week was Baby Loss Awareness Week, culminating in parents who’ve experienced pregnancy or baby loss lighting candles in memory of their baby.
These quiet acts of reflection and remembrance are so important.
Equal to these moments of introspection is the need to talk about pregnancy and baby loss more openly. It remains one of the last taboo subjects, but this past year has seen more conversations being started on the topic than ever before; the recent stillbirth story line in Eastenders and Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he and his wife had experienced recurrent miscarriage being just two examples of this in action.
The baby charity, Tommy’s, funds research to prevent miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth and is working towards opening Europe’s largest miscarriage research centre next year.
I’ve been a supporter for many years, having myself experienced the pain of miscarriage during my first pregnancy. That’s why I’m passionate about doing what I can to help and why I’m honoured to be hosting the Tommy’s Awards for the third year running next March.
The event is so important, not only because it brings pregnancy and baby loss out in the open, but it celebrates special individuals who’ve helped parents through the hardest of times.
Despite hearing some heart breaking stories, the event is uplifting and hopeful as it’s the kindness and empathy of friends, families and health professionals.
If anyone would like to publicly acknowledge someone who has gone to great lengths to help them during a tough road to parenthood, put in a nomination? You can find out more at www.tommys.org/awards.