Stockbridge Church will be lit up pink and blue this week. We are doing this in response to a request from the 2020 Baby Loss Awareness campaign. 2020 has highlighted isolation – which many people experience after pregnancy and baby loss – women, partners, other family members and friends.
The effect of social distancing from Covid-19 has had a major impact on access to care and support and has complicated grief and responses to pregnancy and baby loss. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, feelings of isolation have become more widespread around the world and many people have begun to talk more openly about loneliness.
Now more than ever, people can all come together to let those affected by pregnancy and baby loss know they are not alone and that others are there to support them.
So, this year, people are invited people to come together online, share their experiences and show their support for those who have experienced the loss of a baby – whether or not they have been directly affected themselves.
Each day during #BLAW2020 the BABY LOSS AWARENESS ALLIANCE will explore a different topic, sharing the Alliance’s wide range of excellent support and information and coping techniques too – engaging with people from all backgrounds and experiences of loss.
Friday 9th Oct. Introduction to the week, mental wellbeing, a day for those directly affected
Saturday 10th Partners (also including those without partners)
Sunday 11th Wider family (including children) and friends – support for them and how they can support someone they know
Monday 12th Workplace – how to support employees, advice for employers/managers, HR departments, and colleagues
Tuesday 13th Culture, ethnicity, and religion – including issues around access to care and to information/support, higher risk pregnancies, assumptions regarding family support systems or culture or religious beliefs and language barriers
Wednesday 14th LGBTQ+ – including trans parents, male couples, those using surrogates and non-biological parents/parents-to-be
Thursday 15th Remembering your baby – different ways you can do this, cultures, traditions and Wave of Light