This Baby Loss Awareness week, Tommy's is focusing on miscarriage. 1 in 4 pregnancies in the UK end in early miscarriage. It is a very common tragedy but is hugely under-researched and misunderstood by the general public. We want to challenge the prevalent thinking that it is 'just one of those things'. We believe that investing into research will allow us to prevent many of the 250,000 miscarriages that happen every year in the UK. That's why, in spring 2016, we're opening Europe's largest early miscarriage research centre.
This Baby Loss Awareness week, we want to break the taboo of talking about miscarriage, and provide a message of hope for parents affected. One of the misconceptions around miscarriages is that they are not preventable, this is not the case, and with more research, many babies could be saved.
“I had five further miscarriages over the next three years. Now when I look back, I can’t believe I put myself through the heartache and pain so many times but it was my only way of dealing with the loss – get up, dust down and try again. Although we saw specialists we still don’t really know why they happened. There were ‘possible’ reasons and ‘possible’ solutions that made every pregnancy terrifying.”
Kate, Tommy’s supporter
Ways to get involved
Share your story
If you would like to get involved in this year’s campaign, we would like you to share something that someone said that helped you through the loss of your baby.
This could be some sensitive words, or it could be a small gesture without words at all.
You can do this by emailing us with your story at [email protected] (with the subject line 'Baby Loss Awareness Thank You'), letting us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous, or by posting it to our Facebook page.
You can also tweet your thank you message from your own twitter account, tagged #babyloss.
We'll be sharing stories throughout the week.
Wave of Light
At 7 p.m. (local time) on October 15 (International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day), people from around the world will light a candle or candles, at 7pm creating a Wave of Light in memory of babies who have died too soon.
We fund research into stillbirth, miscarriage and prematurity, and support mums to be with our pregnancy information and helpline run by midwives. You can help us continue this vital work, raising awareness and supporting those affected, by making a donation to Tommy's.
Text BABY to 70007 to donate £3 today. to 70070 or find out about other ways to donate.
Buy the Seraphine and Tommy's t-shirt
Our longstanding supporters Séraphine and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are hoping to raise over £100,000 to help fund our research centre. All the profits from the Love T-shirts go to Tommy's - £13 per t-shirt. Seraphine has also committed to giving an extra £1 if you post an image of yourself on social media with the hashtag ‘#justforlove’.