Fourth Annual Birthday for Babies to be held in remembrance of babies lost to stillbirth
WHAT: Birthday for Babies at Alfie’s Butterfly Market
WHEN: Monday 12 February 2018 from 4 to 7pm
WHERE: Partridge House Gardens, 38 Partridge Street, Glenelg, SA
ADMISSION: FREE – donations greatly appreciated
Still Aware, Australia’s leading organisation in stillbirth awareness, is inviting members of the public to join them at the annual Birthday for Babies this February.
The event, now in its fourth year, is held in remembrance of the thousands of babies who are stillborn every year. In Australia, this number is currently six per day.
According to Still Aware Founder, Claire Foord, the event not only provides an opportunity for parents, but also their families and friends who have supported them through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
“Birthday for Babies was originally designed to honour my daughter Alfie, who would have been turning four this year,” she said.
“When we realised that there is very little ongoing emotional support for families who have experiences stillbirth, we decided to expand the event, and to also include Alfie’s Butterfly Market, which will feature local stallholders who have very generously donated their time for the night.”
“There will be a family friendly picnic and a twilight butterfly release, to honour all of the babies who are no longer with us.”
Still Aware aims to reduce the number of stillbirths in Australia by empowering parents-to-be with the knowledge and confidence to know when something might be wrong.
“Up to 30% of stillbirths are preventable,” said Ms Foord
“So while we will continue to honour those babies no longer with us every February, ultimately our goal is to see as few new faces every year as possible.”
• A baby will keep moving throughout pregnancy, even during labour. In fact a healthy baby usually gets stronger. Particularly in the last few weeks of pregnancy, be conscious of your baby’s movements and call for a checkup if anything seems irregular or different. In some cases, not feeling a baby moving is the only warning sign that is noticed before a baby is stillborn.
• 6 babies are delivered stillborn in Australia daily!
• Up to 60% of stillbirths occur at term or in the third trimester.
• Often there is no identifiable cause and for one third of cases – the cause of death remains unexplained.
• Mothers monitoring their babies movements – bonding with their bump – daily in the third trimester resulted in a 30% reduction in stillbirth in Norway.
Website: Still Aware