Why we raise awareness
Raising awareness on baby loss is something very close to our hearts. In January 2016, we faced the heartbreak that 1 in 4 parents face which was baby loss. It was a dark and lonely 2 years following the loss of our angel. Despite being blessed with our Rainbow Baby, it wasn’t until 2018 that we finally got to the acceptance stage of grieving. This was a pivotal moment for us and from then on, we have actively raised awareness on this taboo subject.
We have been on the BBC 3 Counties Radio and in The Borehamwood Times to help raise awareness on this sad subject. Our work has helped many families get the support they need after losing a baby. We are not qualified professionals, we just lend ears to those who need them from time to time and share what works for us.
Baby Loss Awareness Week 2023 Monday 9th October to Sunday 15th October
Alongside our Rainbow Baby campaign which continues all year round; Baby Loss Awareness week is also something we take part in to raise even more awareness on this taboo subject. For the last 5 years, we have organised and held a public remembrance event to raise awareness in our local area of Borehamwood. We decorate a local fir tree with pink, blue and cream bows and local families of baby and child loss are welcome to hang up a message ribbon card for their angel baby. The week then ends with the Wave of Light on the 15th of October at 7pm and again, everyone is welcome to attend.
The Baby Loss Awareness Week Alliance are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss, providing support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, working with health professionals and services to improve bereavement care, and reducing preventable deaths.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity to:
- Remember our babies
- Raise awareness of the support available
- Drive change to improve care and support, and save more babies’ lives
A time for everyone in the baby loss community and beyond to come together, to remember our much-loved and missed babies and raise awareness on pregnancy and baby loss.
Ribbon message cards can be collected from the below venues:
- Information Desk, 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB. Opening hours are Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm, Thursday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.
- Co-op Funeralcare, 60-62 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1DS. Opening hours are Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
Permanent Angel Tree Inauguration Sunday 15th October
The Baby Loss Awareness Ribbon Remembrance event in Borehamwood has brought many families of baby and infant loss together for the last 5 years. However, once baby loss awareness week is over, a lot of these families don’t have a place to visit to remember and honour their angel baby.
Being a subject close to our hearts, Cllr Dan Ozarow (Deputy Leader Town Council) and I put our heads together to plan a permanent memorial where families of loss can visit and take a moment out in silence, in nature, and in their own time. Dan and I are honoured to present the permanent Angel Tree memorial at Kenilworth Park with an ever green tree planted in memory of the angels. Over time, as funds are raised and donated, we will add more to it be it benches, flowers, plaques etc.
We would like to invite you to the inauguration ceremony which will take place on Sunday 15th October where the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council Richard Butler and Councillor Parveen Rani (Cabinet Member for Street Scene, Parks, Leisure and Culture) will be there to open the memorial to the public.
We hope this is that start of breaking the silence around a tragedy that affects 1 in 4 women, and affects many more. If you’d like to attend, please do email us for more information.