Little Angels Above is an investigative radio documentary and multimedia project raising awareness about infant loss. It gives voice to parents and families affected by the death of a baby and addresses whether there is enough bereavement support in the UK now.
Infant loss can be considered very much a taboo, which people shy away from talking about. Most of us often do not think about it unless we experience it ourselves. But in fact it is very common. 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in a miscarriage and around 10 babies are stillborn in the UK every day.
Last November the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged to reduce the rate of stillbirths and infant deaths by 50% by 2030, as England has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe at 4.7 per 1,000 births. But what about the bereavement support ? Does more also need to be done to help parents after losing a baby?
After doing some research into this, I found that the latest figures conducted by Sands, the UK’s leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity, show that 52% of maternity units do not have a dedicated bereavement support midwife. This is horrifying and it made me want to investigate further. I wanted to ask the questions, is this still the case? What is the level of bereavement support like now? Do people feel supported? And what should be done to improve the situation?
For more information about my radio documentary, revisit the journey I took on twitter @mybabyloss.
Listen to the documentary
A radio documentary which gives a voice to parents affected by the death of a baby, and investigates the standards of bereavement support for infant loss in the UK.
To find out more about the journey I took in this investigation:
Explore the multimedia blog of the production process.
Watch an interview about a rare type of pregnancy loss.
Learn more about the facts and statistics around stillbirths and miscarriages.
Listen to an extract of a self-help book based on a mothers own personal perspective of loss.
Experience just how important memory boxes are for bereavement support.