Acorn Centre re-opens for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

Specialist pregnancy counselling charity The Acorn Centre in Nuneaton is re-opening its building for in-person counselling sessions for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021 (9th to 15th October).


Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and their friends, to commemorate babies’ lives, raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss, and to drive for improvements in both care and support for those affected and to save babies’ lives in the future.


The Acorn Centre has been operating an online only counselling service during the pandemic, but has been working hard to ensure it can offer Covid-safe counselling sessions again inside its Centre on Bond Street in Nuneaton. Due to their popularity, the Centre will continue to offer online counselling sessions as well as the in-person sessions in the Centre.


Chair of Trustees Natalie Parsons said: “We know it has been a difficult time for everyone during the pandemic and the enforced periods of isolation have been even harder for those who are struggling with pregnancy-related issues, such as baby loss, post natal depression or infertility.


“We have been able to support men and women during the pandemic by offering online counselling sessions but we’re so pleased to be able to now invite people back into the Centre, especially during Baby Loss Awareness Week, which is aimed at giving local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies. The Centre will continue to offer a choice of online or in-person counselling sessions.”


This year Baby Loss Awareness Week will be exploring the theme of wellbeing and sharing what has helped anyone affected by pregnancy and baby loss to recover and build a life after loss.


Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents, grandparents, siblings and wider family and friends to come together and remember their babies who have died, however long ago.


“For anyone whose baby has died, however recent or long ago, the world is changed forever, and there is no simple answer to grief. Finding ways to cope and look after yourself or your partner is different for everyone.


“I hope that The Acorn Centre’s re-opening will help start more conversations about pregnancy and baby loss, and by doing so help bereaved parents and families feel more able to talk about their babies and find ways to look after themselves and others.”


Anyone in Nuneaton and the surrounding areas can share their support on social media with the hashtags #BLAW #BLAW2021 and #BabyLoss.


For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org


About Baby Loss Awareness Week


Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9th to 15th October every year and is an opportunity for those affected by pregnancy and baby loss and their families and friends to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives and lost pregnancies.

The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in the UK and providing support to anyone affected. By working with health professionals and other organisations, the week aims to drive for improvements in bereavement care and support, and to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and baby loss.

For more information, visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org


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