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