17 stillbirths or deaths shortly after birth every day
2,500 neonatal births a year
240,000 miscarriages a year (estimated)
These shocking statistics do not come from a third world nation. They currently apply to the UK.
This is Judy Lancaster-Bowen who has organised and self-funded the Forever in my Heart exhibition in the Peacock Gallery at Upton Country Park. Most of the paintings, photographs, sculpture and poetry on display have been produced by someone who has been affected by the loss of a baby. As Judy reminded me, behind each of those terrible statistics is a bereaved family.
Judy has been working towards this exhibition since last September and wants to say a big thank-you to Kate Ward for her support. Kate is the ex-chair of SPRING (supporting parents and relatives through baby loss).
Judy’s daughter Tainn – which means ‘new moon’ – was stillborn four and a half years ago. She now has a son and her new baby is due the day after Tainn’s birthday. We wish them every future happiness.
If you know someone who needs supporting or would like to make a donation, please look at this website http://www.springsupport.org.uk/