AHEAD of Baby Loss Awareness Week the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is pledging her support to bereaved parents and families.
Taking place from 9 to 15 October every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK.
The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “The death of a baby is not a rare event and it can happen to anyone. Ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week I want to say my thoughts are with anyone who has ever been affected by the loss of a baby at any stage.
“Sadly 15 babies die every day in the UK either before, during or shortly after birth.
“This shocking figure however doesn’t present the true extent of the picture as 15 babies dying every day leads to 15 families, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings, facing a devastating loss.
“No one should have to suffer this kind of loss without help and so I would encourage people to ‘Break the Silence’ during Baby Loss Awareness Week.
“Let’s start the discussion on how we can support bereaved parents.”
Throughout Baby Loss Awareness Week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is also a collaboration between charities and organisations working together for change and tangible improvements in policy, research, bereavement care and support available for anyone affected by the death of a baby at any stage.
For more information visit www.babyloss-awareness.org