Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

Every year between the 9 – 15 October, Baby Loss Awareness Week is supported by a number of charities for bereaved parents and family members to remember the life of babies that have been lost.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the subject, encourage people to talk openly about baby loss and help to guide people towards the various support charities out there who can help at such a distressing time.

Becoming pregnant can be one of the most exciting things for new parents but can also come with total devastation and heartbreak if the worst happens.

During pregnancy midwifes and hospitals should support mothers and monitor the baby for a number of illnesses or conditions that could be potentially life threatening. Kicks Count is a charity that aims to raise awareness to mothers of monitoring their baby’s movements and how vital it is to bring to the attention of the medical professionals if they are concerned.

Blood sugars should be monitored throughout pregnancy for signs of diabetes and any reported symptoms of headaches or swelling should prompt medical staff to investigate the possibility of pre-eclampsia. If these vital signs and symptoms are missed by the treating clinician then it can have devastating consequences. Although Strep B is not regularly tested for on the NHS it can have severe consequences if passed onto the baby during labour and Group B Strep Support is a charity that hopes to promote awareness of this infection and the consequences of being passed to baby.

Sadly, here at Wolferstans we have vast experience of dealing with families who have suffered the ultimate loss as a result of negligent medical treatment during either the mother’s pregnancy or during or shortly after birth. We always listen to our clients and understand what they want to achieve from bringing a claim for medical negligence. Although this cannot bring your child back, most parents want answers about what went wrong and an apology from the Defendant in addition to compensation.

We have a number of lawyers who specialise in baby loss cases and are here to help, always dealing with your case in the most compassionate way possible. We also have links with a number of local and national charities who can provide support and counselling during this time.

If you think that you may have a claim or simply want to know more about how we can help, then please call Ann Ball on 01752 292374 or email Below are some of the charities that will be actively supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week and the links to their websites.

Group B Strep Support – Sands Stillbirth and neonatal death charity – Kicks Count – Action on Pre eclampsia – Child Bereavement UK – The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust – Pregnancy Crisis Care –

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