Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity
For over 30 years Sands has supported many thousands of families whose babies have died, offering emotional support, comfort and practical help. We have also worked with health professionals to revolutionise the way in which bereaved parents and their babies are cared for.
In spite of medical advances, the tragic fact is that 17 babies a day in the UK are stillborn or die within the first twenty eight days of life. The equivalent of 16 fully-laden jumbo jets crashing every year, with no survivors. We have therefore launched our Why17? campaign to raise awareness of the 17 babies dying every day in the UK and to raise much needed funds towards research which could provide further information on why so many babies are dying.