Often completely unpreventable, sadly, the death of a baby is not a rare event. It can happen to anyone.
Unfortunately, at Nelsons, we often see clients who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or baby due to clinical negligence. When this happens, not only do the family have to deal with a devastating loss, but also with the prospect that it was entirely preventable.
We are aiming to raise awareness and break the silence surrounding baby and infant loss and throughout the month of October, our regular blogs will focus on the topic.
9 October 2019 sees the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week – an important and vital campaign, which takes place every year.
Baby Loss Awareness Week – What is it?
Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place annually from 9 to 15 October and is an opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy, at birth, or soon after birth.
It is a chance for bereaved parents and their families and friends to unite with others to commemorate their babies’ lives and to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
Charities and groups work together throughout the week to raise awareness of the issues that affect people who have lost a baby and to highlight the need for improvements in bereavement care, research and prevention of infant loss.
Campaign focus 2019
This year, the focus of the week’s campaign is to improve access to mental health support.
It is reported that a significant lack of timely access to psychological therapies for those who need mental health support following pregnancy or baby loss is a real issue.
Over the coming year, the charities involved in Baby Loss Awareness Week will be asking the Government to consider this issue and ensure that those who need this support are able to access it without lengthy delays.
One of the most important aspects of the week is to raise awareness and encourage people to talk. Pregnancy and baby loss is often a difficult and taboo subject. Baby Loss Awareness Week encourages people to break the silence.
How to get involved with Baby Loss Awareness Week
There are lots of ways to get involved.
At Nelsons, members of our specialist medical negligence department will be proudly wearing our Baby Loss Awareness Week pin badges on our lanyards.
Multiple public buildings across the UK will be lit up in pink and blue to support the campaign. Last year 180 buildings throughout the country took part and we are looking forward to seeing this year’s buildings.
There will be events taking place including exhibitions, displays, memory walks and remembrance services. For example, in Nottingham, the Miscarriage Support Group will have their annual Baby Loss Memory Walk on Saturday 12 October at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park from 11am to 1pm.
You can also add a ribbon to your social media pages to show your support of the campaign.
Finally, at the end of the week, there will be an International Wave of Light, where people all over the work will light a candle at 7pm on 15 October in memory of the baby or babies they have lost. Photos will be shared on social media to create the wave of light.
Medical negligence claims
If you have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or baby due to the actions of a medical team, it might be possible to bring a claim against the hospital. Such claims are legally and medically complex and it is vital that you have the right specialist support from the outset.
When you are dealing with the consequences of loss in this way, it can be difficult to know where to start. At Nelsons, we have a specialist team of experienced medical negligence solicitors. We understand the impact that a loss of pregnancy or the loss of a baby can have and we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional service, particularly in these difficult and emotional cases.
Danielle Young is an Associate in our Medical Negligence team.
If you have any questions in relation to the subjects discussed in this article, then please get in touch with Danielle or another member of the team in Derby, Leicester or Nottingham on 0800 024 1976 or via our online form.