Baby Loss Hour aims to create a regular space for those affected or invested in all things Baby Loss to meet, chat and discuss the variety of topics that are involved.
“Baby Loss Hour has been incredibly helpful to me. I lost my baby shortly after birth and came to Instagram to find other mums in the same position. The support I found was amazing. I followed Jess for a few weeks before she highlighted Baby Loss Hour on Twitter.
I didn’t have it and hadn’t used it so I was apprehensive and the first session I sat back and didn’t interact much. Since then I have been very active during the hour. It is unbelievably helpful to me, particular so early on in my loss.
The people I have interacted with during Baby Loss Hour have helped me get my head around how I’m doing and they have encouraged me to be more gentle to myself. Having people who have gone through what I am currently going through has bee amazing and I have felt confident to ask all the questions I don’t have anywhere else to ask” – Harry’s Mum, Mary
“To me it means support, comfort and understanding. A safe place to ask and share whatever you need to, to people who get it. You can be completely open and honest without being judged. I only hope many more people can find this chat, to be given the level of support & compassion that only comes from the loss community.” – Noah’s mum, Sarah
I am no expert, and I don’t pretend to have the answers – I am just a parent who is approaching the second anniversary of the stillbirth of her first son – but I do know the power of peer-to-peer support, having a voice, and being listened too, discovering others who can say ‘me too’, and being informed in the bigger picture of baby loss outside of your own story. And that, to me, is what Baby Loss Hour can give people – people who can take part, and people who prefer to silently observe.
JULY 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?
JULY 17th : GUEST HOST : Tommys will be joining us to lead a discussion on social media support following baby loss, in conjunction with a new campaign. More information about Tommy’s can be found here.
JULY 24th : GUEST HOST : Charlotte Moore from Knights Injury, on an open and gentle conversation focusing on getting answers after your baby has died, and some the options available to parents now and the proposed changes to the law.
JULY 31st : Friends After Baby Loss – a discussion on managing friendships and forging new connections after baby loss, in reflection of World Friendship Day on the 30th.
AUGUST 7th : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?
AUGUST 14th : GUEST HOST – Agony Aunt and Social Psychologist, Dr Petra, leads a discussion on creatively exploring grief and baby loss. From a personal perspective of recurrent miscarriages as well as her professional background, Dr Petra signposts and supports health care professionals to deliver better care, whilst also championing self-help. You can read more about Dr Petra here.
AUGUST 21st : ‘Doing Something’ – how to find joy in ‘do something’ in response to baby loss, and what does ‘doing something’ look like to people?
AUGUST 28th : Later Milestones – Schools, Tenth Birthday’s, etc – managing the later missed milestones that might take you by surprise.
SEPTMEBER 4th : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?
SEPTEMBER 11th : When There isn’t a Rainbow – discussing life after loss when there isn’t another baby, whether by choice or not, and what it means to find the light and heal without another baby.
SEPTEMBER 18th : GUEST HOST : Elisha Nunhofer will be joining us and leading a conversation Body Confidence after Baby Loss. Elisha is a Psychotherapist in private practice with an interest in pregnancy & PNMH. She is currently doing MSc Person-Centred research on stillbirth & exp of motherhood. More information on Elisha can be found here.
SEPTEMBER 25th : GUEST HOST : Bliss will be leading a discussion on managing end of life care and decisions, and seeking support following the loss of a baby after birth, at any age. You can find out more about Bliss here.
OCTOBER 2nd : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?
BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK
OCTOBER 9th : Ruth Bender-Atik, National Director of The Miscarriage Association
OCTOBER 10th : Louise Stephens, Rainbow Clinic Specialist Midwife from the Tommys Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre in Manchester will be joining us for Q&A. Stayed tuned for how to submit your questions.
OCTOBER 11th : Karen Burgess, Chief Exec of Petals Charitywill be Guest Hosting a discussion on bereavement counselling and support following the loss of a baby
OCTOBER 12th : Baby Loss Awareness Week – TBC
OCTOBER 13th : Baby Loss Awareness Week – TBC
OCTOBER 14th : Baby Loss Awareness Week – TBC
OCTOBER 15th : A Group Hug following Baby Loss Awareness Week & Wave of Light –
OCTOBER 16th : No Baby Loss Hour tonight
OCTOBER 23rd : TBC
OCTOBER 30th : Preparing for the Festive Season – managing the festive season and finding a way to include our missed loved ones in the celebrations. Launch of Advent to Remember 2018.
NOVEMBER 6th : GUEST HOST : Aching Arms for Hug a Bear Day
NOVEMBER 13th : Self Care in Grief for ‘Self Care Week’ – Looking after ourselves both physically and mentally after loss. How can grief impact on physical and mental health, and how can we best care for ourselves and those around us.
NOVEMBER 20th : GUEST HOST : Al from The Dad Network will be leading a discussion on Men, Mental Health and Baby Loss in aid of International Men’s Day. You can find out more about The Dad Network here.
NOVEMBER 27th : TBC
DECEMBER 4th : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?
DEMCEBER 11th : Pre Christmas and New Year Self Care – What are our plans?
DECEMBER 18th : Last #BabyLossHour of the year – come along for a festive end of year review, a bit of light fun and to celebrate a year of supporting each other, educationing health care professionals, and all round talking about baby loss.
Thank you for everyones support in this – I really hope its useful.
If anyone requires support, please do look at my Information & Support page to discover key organisations that are there to listen.
Below is an archive of past chats:
JUNE 19th : GUEST HOST : Sands leading a discussion as part of their awareness month, 40th anniversary and #FindingTheWords campaign. You can catch up here.
JUNE 12th : GUEST HOST : Margaret Houston discussing Faith and Belief after Baby Loss. You can catch up here.
JUNE 5th : #BabyLossHour Check Up. You can catch up here.
MAY 29th : GUEST HOST : Group B Strep Support to discuss GBS and their role in baby loss prevention. You can catch up here.
MAY 22nd : #BabyLossHour Check Up. You can catch up here.
MAY 15th : Dying Matters Awareness Week asking What Can You Do in Your Community? You can catch up here.
MAY 8th : Layered Grief
MAY 1st : #BabyLossHour Check Up – catch up here.
APRIL 17th : Finding Joy and Being Comfortable with Happiness – catch up here.
APRIL 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up – catch up here.
MARCH 27th : Baby Loss on TV – you can catch up here.
MARCH 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up on the approach to Mothers Day : catch up here.
FEB 20th : Open Question & Answers : you can catch up here.
FEB 13th : Returning to Work after Baby Loss : you can catch up here.
FEB 6th : #BabyLossHour Check Up : catch up here.
JAN 23rd : OPEN Q&A : catch up here.
JAN 16th : BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES : catch up here.