Maternity department lights up to mark baby loss

14th Oct 2020

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has lit up its maternity building in pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (BLAW).

The lights were installed on Monday (9 October) at the entrance into the maternity unit and delivery suite at City Hospital, Birmingham and are switched on between 7pm and midnight.

Ann Minto, Bereavement Support Midwife, said: “Baby loss is a very sad and life changing event for women and their families, by raising awareness we can contribute to breaking the silence.

“BLAW culminates with the global Wave of Light on 15 October at 7pm, by lighting a candle and letting it burn for at least one hour. This is in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.”

The lights were arranged by the Estates team at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust which runs the hospital, and funded by refurbishment and maintenance firm CLC Group.

Stuart Lilley, Divisional Manager from the company, said: “CLC have worked closely with the Trust for a number of years on ward refurbishment and fire protection. When we were approached about supporting this initiative we were delighted to be able to help.

“Many of us know of someone who has suffered the loss of a baby and being a family owned business, CLC recognise the importance of Baby Loss Awareness Week being acknowledged to give comfort to bereaved parents and their families.”


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