Baby Loss Awareness Week
Each year 9-15 October is Baby Loss Awareness Week. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.
Baby Loss Awareness Week also provides a chance to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK. This year we are calling for improved bereavement support for families affected by baby and pregnancy loss.
In the UK, Baby Loss Awareness Week is a collaboration between more than 40 charities and Baby Lifeline is proud to be involved.
What we are doing to help
Over 90% of premature babies now survive the immediate postpartum period, but the resultant morbidity can be significant and takes a high toll on families. Each year 1 in 233 babies are stillborn and 1 in 380 babies die within the first 4 weeks of birth (ONS 2016). The UK has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in Europe, 75% of these deaths were babies under 2500g. Predictive methods need to be learnt in order to prevent future deaths from occurring.
Baby Lifeline is working to reduce these numbers by providing maternity healthcare professionals with the skills they need to identify high-risk patients and take preventative action. The Baby Lifeline Predict to Prevent training course aims to help maternity healthcare professionals, including sonographers, midwives and obstetricians to;
· Identify women at risk of preterm birth
· Predict and prevent prematurity
· Care for the baby due to be born preterm
· Identify pregnancies at risk of SGA
· Use optimal methods for diagnosing the small baby: fundal height measurements, customised growth charts
· Manage SGA: implementing surveillance as set out in national guidelines
· Antenatal identification of babies at risk of stillbirth
· Put strategies in place to reduce stillbirth in their units
· Carry out optimal assessment of fetal wellbeing: fetal movements, growth and Doppler scans, antenatal CTG
Our faculty are leaders in their field with national and international reputations, working together with local obstetricians and midwife sonographers who are working on the front-line, to provide interactive sessions and lively discussion about problems that arise in everyday clinical practice and the challenges posed in attempting to deliver a high quality service for all.
Baby Loss Debate
Baby Lifeline is proud to have its hard work in multidisciplinary maternity training acknowledged by the Minister of State for Health, Philip Dunne, in the Baby Loss debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 10th October. You can watch the debate here. (Scroll to 18:38.29 to hear about Baby Lifeline’s training.)