Remember my Baby

Broken Chains …..

 

A very different blog post this time around. There are no pictures to look at. No words to read to stir the memories of a fantastic day enjoyed by so many. Of that day when thoughts of future dreams, hopes and aspirations were turned into reality.

This post is the flip side of all of that. Its about a day in someone’s life that they will never forget albeit for very different reasons. Its about memories that will be created, locked away and preserved. A day you wished could be erased. Its about a time when you don’t dare to dream. Its about a time when your world came crashing in around you.

My blog post is about the UK charity Remember My Baby. A charity that provides, free of charge, a precious gift of remembrance photography to parents who have experienced the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth.

 

 

Remember My Baby is celebrating its first anniversary this month and myself and other volunteer photographers are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the charity. The aim is to spread the word to the wider community be it to recruitment more photographers, digital retouchers or NHS Trust hospitals and birth centres across the UK. In just over a year the team has grown to 126 volunteer photographers throughout the country. Working with the regional co-ordinators who ensures where ever possible families who have requested it are provided with the service . Of course this isn’t always possible but with more volunteer photographers on board there is greater chance of serving the community. By spreading the word we can reach out to families where the service is not currently offered by the hospital but who can contact Remember My Baby or one of the regional photographers direct.

The mission of Remember My Baby is to offer a service of baby remembrance photography to all parents suffering the loss of their baby in every maternity hospital and birth centre across the UK.

Its a very sensitive subject and one that is not often discussed. A subject that people fear in case they say or do the wrong thing. I knew when I started my business that I wanted to do something using my skill to create a memory bank. Of course in my work as a wedding photographer I do that already in happy circumstances often hearing that they have gone onto start a family is normally the natural progression. But what when things go tragically wrong? and they do and its heartbreaking. Years ago when I didn’t probably fully understand it happened to my sister but I do remember the pain she went through. So my thoughts went to the parents who wouldn’t been afforded those opportunities, the chance to see their child grow into an adult. I wanted to record the memories for those who had lost the potential of capturing a lifetime’s of milestones as their child grows.

If as a photographer you are reading this post and thinking that you would love to get involved but just don’t feel strong enough – please reconsider. Of course it will be tough at times but nothing compared to the pain and emotions those parents in front of you are going through. Those parents that by your selfless act you have, at that particular moment, given them a most precious and timeless gift imaginable. And you’re not alone. With the growing network of photographers comes growing support from colleagues and training is also on hand through the regional co-ordinators.

If you would like to know more then visit www.remembermybaby.org.uk  Alternatively if you are a NHS Trust and would like to know more about the service and how to introduce into your maternity hospital or birth centre then email info@remembermybaby.org.uk

Also why not check out the RMC City2City to help raise awarness  www.facebook.com/events

 

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