I decided to change today’s blog for something more important… Baby loss awareness.
1 in 4 women suffer a loss be it miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.
1 in 8 women suffer some kind of infertility and are often included in the 1 in 4
17 babies a day in the UK are estimated to die during pregnancy or labour after 24 weeks gestation.
I am 1 in 4, 8 and 17! I have lost a baby at 5 weeks and 27 weeks. My recent hospital visit was due to surgery for an ectopic pregnancy. I’ve been diagnosed with secondary infertility because although I do get pregnant I struggle to do so and they deemed there no cause.
These things go hand in hand very often and its not always one thing we ‘angel’ mums are dealing with.
To read the story of my daughter who died due to velamentous cord insertion at 27 weeks on the 13th of October 2014 click here: The Worse Day
You can read about my ectopic journey here: Indignity.
Today is wave of light this ends pregnancy and infant loss awareness week (9-15th October every year) with candles being lit and posted online from all over the world. This can be done by anyone wherever whenever but let everyone know why!
It’s important to raise awareness because these babies need a voice! We need to protect our future generation and stop this pain for so many families. After scanning my daughters church yard we found hundreds of babies on stones ranging from all ages many stillborn.
Did you know up to 75% of pregnancy loss can be prevented through more scans, more detailed scans especially of the placenta and cord at 20 and 30+ weeks, regularly screening for infections especially group strep b and not allowing women to go over due.
I also believe listening to women who know their body is essential, educating women on what is normal and what are myths, allowing women access to information before anything happens!
To read more on educating women I recommend the following pages:
Harrison’s Hear the Heartbeat Awareness- distinguishing mother and baby heartbeats
Stillborn but still born.