Ernest Hemingway once said that his best story was one he wrote in just six words:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Sands – the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity – provided us with kindness, understanding and tireless support during those earliest and darkest days. Their work funds special hospital bereavement suites, memory boxes, a help line and support groups. Sands also works with health professionals seeking to improve the quality of care during every pregnancy, to minimise the risk of stillbirth. Funding also supports invaluable research into why so many babies die before, during or after birth, or in the first 28 days of life.
We also wanted to include Tommy’s because of their AMAZING research into pregnancy problems: stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage. Sadly, most bereaved parents do not ever discover the cause of their baby’s death and have no choice but to white knuckle their way through subsequent pregnancies blind.
Tommy’s funds three research centres in the UK dedicated to maternal and fetal research. Big things are on the horizon as plans for 2016 include opening a fourth research centre dedicated to investigating and preventing early miscarriage.
The 5 for 5 Challenge is a registered event with both charities.