Baby Loss – We know it’s not easy, but we need to talk about it…Sadly in the UK too many babies are still lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and in the neonatal period. By raising awareness, education and support, The Ipswich Baby Bereavement Group hope to help reduce the loss rate. Baby Loss Awareness Week is held every year between 9th-15th October.
The support a family receives after such a tragic, life changing event can be pivotal to their journey through the grief. For over 12 years, The Ipswich Baby Bereavement Group has supported families during and after the loss of a baby, and strives to continually improve support services and resources available locally in Suffolk.
The groups meet to provide friendship and understanding in an informal atmosphere, which encourages open and honest conversation, sharing experiences and the day to day coping mechanisms of grief. All are welcome, whenever the loss. This is
especially relevant around landmark dates in the year. The group ensures confidentiality and the opportunity to talk openly about their baby, even when friends and family have stopped. Through fundraising at various events every year, some of the resources the group provide include, memory making opportunities, staff
training and hopefully soon, short breaks away. In 2016, the group commissioned The Tree of Remembrance which is made of recycled metal. Each leaf is engraved with the name, date of birth and a loving message – each leaf is a small but significant gesture to each family to honour their baby’s life.