Baby Loss Awareness Week 2015
This week marks Baby Loss Awareness Week 2015. It is organised by a number of pregnancy and baby loss charities and culminates in an international Remembrance Day on 15 October 2015.
Baby loss affects up to 1 in 5 families in the UK.
Throughout the week, parents who have experienced this unthinkable tragedy can commemorate babies who have been taken too soon.
This valuable sense of community allows families to talk openly in a supportive environment and bring awareness to a much needed topic.
Fieldfisher supports the wonderful initiative which invites people to take part in a global "wave of light" where people are encouraged to light a candle at 7pm on Friday 15th and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to remember these special babies.
Sometimes these tragedies happen without reason or fault. Fieldfisher have supported many families in getting much needed answers about the circumstances of their precious babies' deaths:
Bobby passed away 2 days after his birth following a series of failings at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. His parents instructed Fieldfisher. At an inquest, it was found that there had been "very serious failures" in the antenatal midwifery care. It was accepted that Bobby's mother, Catherine, should have been induced between 39-40 weeks which could have avoided his death
Lindsey was one of a twin. She was born in very poor condition after a caesarean section. Her twin brother was delivered well and healthy. Lindsey suffered a serious head injury as a result of excessive pushing by the midwife during delivery. She fractured her skull resulting in a catastrophic brain haemorrhage. The injuries to Lindsey were so extensive that she died in the neonatal period. Fieldfisher managed to secure an admission of liability, settlement and a much needed apology from the Trust which helped the family come to terms with their tragic loss.