#15babies – Share a Tweet on the 15th June for SANDS

June is SANDS Awareness Month for the Stillborn and Neonatal Death charity. Sadly, 15 babies die every day in the UK – that is 15 too many.

On the 15th June, the SANDS charity would like everyone to send a message via social media using the hashtag #15babies to raise awareness of this tragic statistic.

One of the very reasons I developed Babyopathy and started the Routine in the Womb campaign that will launch soon with online stress awareness webinars and workshops is that by knowing your baby’s routine in the womb helps you identify if something is wrong and through our Babyopathy Toolkits they work to help de-stress mums and prevent a stillbirth or neonatal death.

One of the major contributors that increase the risk of both stillbirth and neonatal deaths is stress during pregnancy and a recent US study has confirmed this.

The study involved more than 2,000 U.S. women who were surveyed 24 hours after a delivery or after a stillbirth. (About 600 women who’d experienced a stillbirth were recruited to take part in the study, along with about twice as many women who had delivered.)

In the study, women who said they had experienced five or more stressful life events in the past year, such as losing a loved one or stress in their job, were 2.5 times more likely to have a stillbirth compared with women who experienced no stressful life events in the past year.

The finding “reinforces the need for health care providers to ask expectant mothers about what is going on in their lives, monitor stressful life events and to offer support as part of prenatal care,” said study researcher Marian Willinger, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which funded the study.

I created Babyopathy and all of her workshops, classes and campaigns to actively work to reduce stress for pregnant mums, raise awareness and support both mums and their baby’s sensory development and wellbeing throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond. Join us on Facebook Routine in the Womb.