There are more than 3600 stillbirths evey year in the UK, and one if every 200 births ends in a stillbirth. 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, making it 15 times more common than cot death. When the statistics for nenonatal deaths are included (babies that live for 28 days) the number rises to 6600vdeaths annually.
The impact on parents and family of losing a baby, through stillbirth or neonatal death, is devastating, causing feelings of grief, shock, anxiety and despair, and coming home from the hospitalwith empty arms is one of the hardest things that any parent will have to go through. When an older person dies, they leave a wealth of memories for loved ones to hold onto, but when a baby dies, these memories to share and bring comfort simply are not there.
Most hospitals now have specially trained staff to help bereaved parents, and will enable parents the opportunity to spend time with and hold their baby if they wish. Many parents feel shocked and numb and find it hard to take in what has happened immediatley following the death of a baby. Collecting keepsakes and memories may not be the first response, but many parents have told us how precious the items in the box are.
Help us comfort the parents of little angels