Perinatal bereavement is a painful experience that affects couples who lose a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth. In Italy, it affects one in six women and this tragedy brings with it a deep sense of emptiness and despair, challenging the joy that should accompany the arrival of a child. It is a pain that can last a long time and the emotional wounds can be very deep.
It is critical that this grief is recognized and shared, giving support and understanding to these families because perinatal grief deserves respect and understanding. Friends, relatives and health professionals can give a very important support, starting from knowledge and awareness. “Baby Loss Awareness Day” is celebrated around the world on October 15, and we can all join the families who are experiencing this immense pain.
As health professionals, committed departments of Obstetrics, Nursery and Neonatology we are honored to give support and help every day with our work, but today we open our awareness to anyone who wants to stop for a moment. In the atrium of the SS.Trinità hospital in Sora, the staff of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology UOC will set up an information desk where the pink and blue bows, the international symbol of Babyloss, will be distributed and will give a white candle with which anyone can participate in the “Wave of Light” that will be lit at 19:00 throughout Italy and thanks to the time zone will involve the whole world, embracing all families who experience the pain of perinatal mourning.
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