The birth of a child is something to be celebrated and a huge blessing, unfortunately some babies are born sleeping and some stay with us for only a short while. Its devastating and desperately sad for everyone involved.
Every year the 9th-15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Week and throughout the week bereaved parents, family members and friends can commemorate the all-too-brief lives of their babies, knowing that thousands of other families elsewhere in the world will be doing the same. The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject of and raise awareness of baby loss.
About 18 months ago I got chatting to the Remember My Baby Team at the annual professional photographers conference. As a photographer I have something I can do to provide some small comfort, and as a Mum I can help other Mums, and so I joined as a volunteer photographer covering both Gloucester Royal and Cheltenham hospitals.
Remember My Baby are a UK based registered charity who have professional photographers volunteering their photography services for the benefit of UK parents losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth. When a family loses a lifetime’s potential for capturing milestones as their child grows, Remember My Baby captures a precious baby with parents, siblings and extended family for FREE. Each family receives the high resolution digital images with a copyright licence to print for their own personal, non commercial use at no charge.
As a volunteer photographer for RMB I’ve been honoured to be the photographer for a number of families in the Gloucestershire area. Its humbling and its emotional. As a photographer I am not a trained medical professional so I have to put my photographers head on and do what I’m there to do, sensitively and calmly. Its when I get home that I admit to having a good cry.
Bereavement is such a personal process and a private process. A number of the families I have photographed have given full consent for their images to be used in order that others can see the wonderful free service Remember My Baby provides. That said it is still such a private time and so the images below show what we can do to create those precious memories whilst still retaining the privacy of the families.
All images have full consent for use and have been watermarked to avoid image theft.
To donate to Remember My Baby please follow the link: http://www.remembermybaby.org.uk/donate/
If you are an NHS Trust and you would like to know more about our service and how to introduce the service into your maternity hospital or birth centre please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.