What Baby Loss Awareness Week means to me #babyloss

What Baby Loss Awareness Week means to me #babyloss

Do you ever read a blog site on a regular basis and actually get bored of the constant posts around a particular subject?

Over the years, I’ve tried to work out what ‘my voice’ is and what I’m good at writing about.

I have planned to write about themes and topics of importance to keep some consistency of posts. What normally happens though, is that start to feel like I am flogging a dead horse when the posts become too frequent.

I lose interest as the writer, so I am sure that anyone reading it will be equally as ‘over it’.

Writing about your passion is key to blogging success, but so is keeping it interesting.

After all, “variety is the spice of life” as they say.

So when I began writing about the miscarriages that I’d experienced, I was determined for it to not become the only thing that my blog was about.

I have since written about miscarriage a few times, but really only when I have felt that I needed to.

I’ve written for my own sake, but also because it might just help someone else who is going through that loss.

Today is one of those days.

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Each year, between 9-15th October bereaved parents, families and friends in the UK unite across the globe to commemorate their babies’ lives during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

This time last year, I was actually having my first miscarriage and heartbroken at the irony.

Since then, those awareness days have made an imprint on my healing heart.

Through my own experiences, my awareness has continued to grow. So too has my interest in the organisations that try to provide those unanswered questions.

One in particular, is Tommy’s.

About Tommy’s

Tommy’s is a hugely important charity, funding research into pregnancy, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Their aim is to funding research into saving babies’ lives.

Pretty important stuff, right?

1 in 4 women experience miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row. We want to change this so that women no longer have to suffer the trauma of losing their babies. – Tommy’s website

My husband and I have been under the care of Tommy’s recurrent miscarriage clinic since the summer. A clinic that I’d never even heard of a year ago.

If you’ve also not heard of them, they are a partner in Europe’s largest research centre dedicated to preventing recurrent miscarriage. Unlike the official understanding that ‘recurrent miscarriage’ cannot be used until three losses have occurred, this clinic investigates after two.

And it’s virtually on my doorstep.

Whilst on one hand, it’s very unfortunate that we’ve needed these services, the flip side is that we are truly lukcy to have had access.

Tommy’s blogger breakfast

As part of my contact with Tommy’s, I was asked to write about my journey.

That journey has itself taken some twists and turns and given us a rough ride.

Today though, I boarded the 7.12am train to Euston to attend their blogger breakfast event hosted at Facebook.

Tommy's charity

Joining the likes of Gioavanna Fletcher and Clemmie Telford, we listened to some of the amazing steps they are making into determining why baby loss happens.

The details of what they said are at this point confidential, but very soon I’ll be able to talk about it.

And believe me, if you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you’ll want to understand what they have found out.

So if you’ll bear with and indulge me in reading a few more posts about miscarriage, I promise to share this top secret information with you when I can.

I promise not to ‘bang on’ about it too much, but trust me, this one is really important.

This time last year, I felt hopeless questioning the irony of losing a baby during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Today, I feel grateful to be able to support the work that Tommy’s does, whilst we make positive steps towards another pregnancy.

Support Baby Loss Awareness Week

Join other bereaved parents in the ‘Global Wave of Light‘ on 15th October 2017 to remember all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth.

Some resources you might find useful:

Tommy’s National Early Miscarriage Centre

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Tommy’s

Miscarriage Association

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