SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) Awareness Month 2021 is in June, and is an annual event aims to raise awareness of the facts and impacts relating to neonatal deaths and stillbirths. The loss of a child in pregnancy or childbirth affects parents for life, but the wider public are not always aware of the full impact of such a tragedy.
SANDS month was created to raise funds as well as awareness, to support research into neonatal death. Often the causes of death are unknown, but many neonatal deaths and stillbirths have no apparent cause, which is an extra anguish to the bereaved parents. Up to 15 babies a day die during pregnancy and labour or shortly after birth in the UK.
Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Bereavement support is at the core of everything they do.
The awareness month offers vital fundraising opportunities to ensure that the money is raised to provide that vital support, to make sure that parents can cope with the bereavement as best possible and understand that they are not to blame for the baby’s death when sometimes there are no answers as to why it happened and to help them to keep coping with life during a difficult time that sometimes others around them may struggle to understand or know what to say.
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