Baby loss awareness week gives bereaved parents and their family and friends the opportunity to speak out about their loss and unite with others to remember their babies’ lives.

Gemma Bedford from the Freeths Clinical Negligence team has recently completed the Nottingham half marathon in support of MAMA Academy, the UK’s baby loss and prevention charity.

MAMA Academy’s mission is to empower both expectant parents and professionals on stillborn prevention methods to help more babies arrive safely.

The UK has one of highest stillborn rates in the developed world and research suggests that many are preventable. MAMA Academy believes that if babies at risk of being stillborn were identified, they could be delivered earlier, preventing a tragic outcome. The charity are passionate and committed to raising awareness to help save babies lives with a twofold aim: to empower expectant mums to feel confident in their pregnancy and to work closely with midwives to ensure that the care provided is of the highest standard.

MAMA Academy has developed lifesaving stillborn prevention packs for Hospitals. These include Wellbeing Wallets for pregnant women; leaflets in different languages, posters and difficult conversation prompts for midwives. Currently, these are not available at all hospitals in the UK. Funds raised by the charity will continue to provide these to hospitals who do not receive them.

Gemma has raised over £450 in sponsorship for her half marathon. She also supported MAMA Academy’s campaign #CarryTheirNames to raise awareness and support for people who experience a pregnancy ending in stillbirth. When a baby dies a whole lifetime is lost and the campaign raises awareness of this by carrying babies’ names to places they will never go. Gemma carried three babies names on her run. The funds raised by Gemma will go to supporting MAMA Academy save little lives.

For more information about MAMA Academy’s amazing work please see their website: https://www.mamaacademy.org.uk/