#BabyLossHour

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

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“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.

“For me #BabyLossHour is an hour of the week where I can put all my energy in to mothering Jason and not feel guilty about it. I can openly talk to others who just know and understand and don’t feel like I am being judged because three years later I haven’t “moved on” from the loss of my son. Baby Loss Hour brings a very lonely situation and throws you in with others to prove you are not alone.” – Jason mum, Amy

The following sessions are planned every Tuesday 8-9pm – led from the @thelegacyofleo account or via the #BabyLossHour hashtag.

MAY 15th : Dying Matters Awareness Week asking What Can You Do in Your Community? More information can be found here.

MAY 22nd : GUEST HOST : Tommy’s join us and discuss Why is Baby Loss still a Taboo?

MAY 29th : GUEST HOST : Group B Strep Support will be joining us to discuss GBS and their role in baby loss prevention. More information on GBSS can be found here: http://gbss.org.uk

JUNE

JUNE 5th : #BabyLossHour Check Up with a focus on the approaching Father’s Day.

JUNE 12th : Faith and Belief after Baby Loss, an inclusive chat, kindly guest hosted by Margaret Houston, Isaac’s mum who plays an active role in support her local church community in understanding baby loss. Follow Margaret here.

JUNE 19th : TBC – SANDS 

JUNE 26th : GUEST HOST : Joel, The Complete Package, will be joining us to lead a discussion on sibling support. More information on Joel, The Complete Package can be found here.

JULY

JULY 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?

JULY 10th : GUEST HOST : Lullaby Trust will be joining us to lead a discussion on SIDS, support and pregnancy and parenting after infant loss. More information on The Lullaby Trust can be found here.

JULY 17th : 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.

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

AUGUST 7th : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?

AUGUST 14th : Petra – TBC

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.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTMEBER 4th : #BabyLossHour Check Up – first chat of the month drop in session – how is everyone doing?

SEPTEMBER 11th : TBC

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 : TBC

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 9th : Baby Loss Awareness Week – TBC SANDS

An additional #BabyLossHour will also be held on TBC

OCTOBER 16th : A Group Hug following Baby Loss Awareness Week – catch up and check in

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

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

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.


Please do share with others who you think would be interested, and follow me on Twitter to ensure you see the information ahead of the chats – as well as keeping an eye on the #BabyLossHour hashtag.

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. 


ARCHIVE 

Below is an archive of past chats: 

MAY 8th : Layered Grief 

MAY 1st : #BabyLossHour Check Up – catch up here.

APRIL 24th : GUEST HOST : Little Things & Co  leading a discussion on funerals, services and memorials – catch up here.

APRIL 17th : Finding Joy and Being Comfortable with Happiness – catch up here.

APRIL 10th : GUEST HOST : Teddy’s Wish join us in a discussion on grief journeys, and the different ways people parent from afar – catch up here.

APRIL 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up – catch up here.

MARCH 27th : Baby Loss on TV – you can catch up here.

MARCH 20th : GUEST HOST : The charity ARC (Antental Results and Choices) will be guest hosting a discussion on baby loss following antenatal screening and diagnosis. Catch up here.

MARCH 3rd : #BabyLossHour Check Up on the approach to Mothers Day : catch up here.

MARCH 13th : Care in a Pregnancy After Loss – a special Baby Loss Hour as part of a week long take over of the @MatExpBazaar twitter account. Catch up here

FEB 27th : GUEST HOST : Nicole Bowles from Our Missing Peace discussing loss after the neonatal stage – 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 30th : GUEST HOST : Emma from Beyond Birth Trauma and Unfold Your Wings discussing trauma and birth trauma in baby loss – catch up here.

JAN 23rd : OPEN Q&A : catch up here.

JAN 16th : BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES : catch up here.

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