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Ben Lees writes about the vital work of the charity SANDS and why we are supporting their awareness campaign this month.
By Ben Lees
June 2017 is SANDS awareness month, where SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity) aims to raise awareness of the lasting impact experienced by families when a baby died during pregnancy, birth or shortly afterwards.
What is SANDS
SANDS is a charity that exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and relatives, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.
Sadly, every day in the United Kingdom 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth. This means that every hour and half a family experiences one of the worst tragedies imaginable.
This shocking statistic highlights the desperate need for more awareness of the causes of these tragedies.
What is SANDS Awareness Month
Over recent years SANDS has made amazing progress in breaking the silence that surrounds stillbirth and neonatal death, but there is still clearly a long way to go.
The charity has launched a social media initiative this year: #15babiesaday
They are asking as many people as possible to support the initiative on social media using the hashtag #15babiesaday, in order to raise awareness of the cause as well as the charity and the services they provide, including:
There are many ways that you can get involved in SANDS #15babiesaday campaign:
We hope that you will join Royds Withy King in supporting the vital work of SANDS and the support that the organisation provides to those facing huge loss and grief.
How we can help
Unfortunately, Royds Withy King encounters cases of neonatal death and stillbirth on a regular basis, and we know all too well how devastating such a loss can be. We will be joining in this initiative, and hope that our readers will as well.
If you have been affected by stillbirth or neonatal death, and you think that substandand medical care may have played a part, please get in touch with our team. We have years of experience dealing with these situations sensitively and appropriately, and will be happy to talk through any concerns you may have.