Mum speaks about baby loss as Car­il­lon lights up for the week

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH’S Car­il­lon Tower is turn­ing pink and blue to high­light Baby Loss Aware­ness Week (BLAW).

The week sees many of the UK’s baby loss char­i­ties, such as Sands, Tommy’s, Kicks Count and the Lullaby trust work to­gether to raise aware­ness of baby loss.

As part of this they have been work­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to turn land­marks Pink & Blue, and Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil has agreed to par­tic­i­pate by light­ing up the tower in Queen’s Park, start­ing yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 9, un­til the 15th, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the colours through­out each evening of the week.

One Lough­bor­ough mum, Caro­line Camp­bell, who suf­fered such a loss con­tacted the Echo to say: “I was af­fected by baby loss when my daugh­ter Char­lie was still­born last June.

“Her heart stopped beat­ing on her due date and she was born two days later.

“It dev­as­tated us and we still pick up the pieces on a daily ba­sis.

“Un­for­tu­nately the real­ity is that baby death is such a taboo sub­ject that nei­ther ex­pec­tant, nor new, par­ents are fully ed­u­cated about how im­por­tant some of the ad­vice such as count­ing kicks and sleep po­si­tion­ing is.

“It also means when death does oc­cur peo­ple don’t know how to re­act.”

“This is why BLAW and ac­tiv­i­ties such as turn­ing the UK pink & blue and the Wave of Light are so im­por­tant, to en­cour­age peo­ple to talk openly about the risks, pre­ven­tive ac­tions and how to deal with baby loss, to em­power par­ents to pro­tect their ba­bies and do ev­ery­thing they can keep them safe and then pro­vide the best sup­port net­work pos­si­ble when baby loss does oc­cur.”

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