Author/Blogger International

Description: This category is open to writers. Writers who have either experienced the death of their own baby, or those who write about the topic. They may have created one book or blog post which made a big impact on the reader or may be a prolific writer who has affected change within this community.

Inclusion: This category is open to, but not limited to, bloggers and authors.

Exclusion: Last year’s winner of this category. General maternity, funeral or grief blogs – unless the nomination refers to a specific baby loss blog post.

Awareness Advocate

Description: An individual who has made an impact with their own story, a campaign or raised awareness about a particular issue. Someone who has developed a new product or policy that has had a positive, sizeable, impact. Someone who has successfully changed policy or procedure. Someone who has had their story or work produced in a way which has attracted large amounts of media attention.

Inclusion: Includes anyone who has done any of the above. Doesn’t have to be someone directly affected by the loss of a child as long as they fill one of the above criteria.

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Bereavement Worker

The Bereavement Worker award celebrates the work of people who provide some form of bereavement care outside of maternity services.

Inclusion: The category includes, but is not limited to, funeral directors, non-clinical hospital staff, chaplain and religious ministers, mortuary workers and bereavement counsellors.

Exclusion: The winner of the category last year. Anyone who provides bereavement care in a maternity service setting e.g. midwives, obstetricians etc. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Best Hospital Bereavement Care

Description: A team who provides support to parents and families after the loss of a baby/infant.

Inclusion: Includes but is not limited to: hospital teams, hospice teams, specific clinics.

Exclusion: Anyone living outside of the UK. Last year’s category winner.

 

Cherished Keepsake

Description: An item or creator of an item that enables parents to honour their baby, remember their baby or create a special place for their baby. A service provided to enable a family/parents to create memories with their baby (e.g. remembrance photographers, remembrance castings, jewelry etc).

Inclusion: As above

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Health Professional

Description: Someone who works within a health setting who has had profound impact through helping a family through their loss. An individual (not a group of people) who has gone above and beyond in their work to support grieving families in their care. A health professional who has made a difference or made a change in the ‘baby loss community’. This may be a nurse who has guided a family when turning off their baby’s life support, a consultant who has guided parents through a bleak diagnosis, a sonographer who showed outstanding compassion, a student midwife who has had an impact on the baby loss community and/or puts time and effort in to making a change etc.

Inclusion: Includes but is not limited to: doctors, health care assistants, sonographers, GPs, nurses, students.

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Inspirational Mother

Description: A mother who has lost a baby during pregnancy (at any gestation) or after birth before the age of 18 months. A mother who has inspired others. A mother who has had to deal with the loss of more than one baby, being ‘hit’ with the devastation multiple times and still stands. Survivors. A mother who has been through devastating periods during their life as well as losing their baby who shows courage, strength and determination to make it through the next day. A mother who has made a change or a difference in the baby loss community. A mother who has had an impact on the baby loss community, whether it be one person or one thousand people. Someone who has, despite her own grief, helped other people through their grief through the means of providing online support, personal support, friendship, guidance etc. A mother who, whilst grieving for their own baby, has gone on to create a safe haven for parents to turn, established an organisation or charity to offer support/keepsakes/books etc to other grieving families.

Inclusion: Must have lost a baby during pregnancy up until the age of 18 months.

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Inspirational Father

Description: A father who has lost a baby during pregnancy (at any gestation) or after birth before the age of 18 months. A father who has inspired others. A father who has had to deal with the loss of more than one baby, being ‘hit’ with the devastation multiple times and still stands. Survivors. A father who has been through devastating periods during their life as well as losing their baby who shows courage, strength and determination to make it through the next day. A father who has made a change or a difference in the baby loss community. A father who has inspired others. A father who has had an impact on the baby loss community, whether it be one person or one thousand people. Someone who has, despite his own grief, helped other people through their grief through the means of providing online support, personal support, friendship, guidance etc. A father who, whilst grieving for their own baby, has gone on to create a safe haven for parents to turn, established an organisation or charity to offer support/keepsakes/books etc to other grieving families.

Inclusion: Must have lost a baby during pregnancy up until the age of 18 months.

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Midwife of the Year

Description: This category is open to any midwife who has had an impact on parents at the time of loss or during subsequent pregnancies. They don’t necessarily have to have delivered their baby or held their hand throughout labour; it can also be (but is not limited to) a midwife who sat with them when they received bad news, one who visited at their home, bereavement midwives, one who looked after them in the hospital after birth, a midwife who cared for someone during a subsequent pregnancy, and so on.

Inclusion: Any midwives (students and qualified).

Exclusion: Anyone who is not a midwife. Anyone living outside of the UK.

Most Valuable Contribution

Description: This category is open to anyone who has made a valuable contribution within the babyloss community to a cause. It can include, but is not limited to, fundraisers, volunteers, researchers etc. A valuable contribution may include contributing for a long time, or making a single impressive contribution.

Inclusion: Any person or collective who has made a valuable contribution to the baby loss community. Individuals from support organisations can be nominated.

Exclusion: Organisations providing support should be nominated in UK Support Organisations.

The Thank You Award

Description: This category is open to anyone who doesn’t belong in any of the other categories who has made an impact on a single person, a group of people, or the baby loss community in general. This is for someone who has made a valuable contribution to a person. It can include, but is not limited to, grandparents, aunties, uncles, teachers, friends, pastors, and so on.

Inclusion: Anyone who has done something special for someone within this community whilst on their grieving journey or in relation to their loss. Anyone who does not fit in to any of the other categories.

Exclusion: Anyone who fits in to any of the other categories e.g. healthcare professionals who have made an impact will go in to the Healthcare Professional category, and so on. Anyone living outside of the UK. Siblings under the age of 16 due to the nature of the event.

UK Support Organisation

Description: A U.K. based organisation set up to help parents and families who suffer the loss of a baby. Founder does not have to have experiences baby loss first-hand but needs to support those that have. Does not have to be an organisation that offers a material service: can include online support groups and forums. Their main ‘aim’ does not have to be to support people who lose a baby, but it does have to be a fundamental role within their work.

Inclusion: Includes but is not limited to: registered charities, non-registered charities, community groups, branches of a larger charity, online groups.

Exclusion: Anyone living outside of the UK. Last year’s category winner. Individuals.

Description: An item or creator of an item that enables parents to honour their baby, remember their baby or create a special place for their baby. A service provided to enable a family/parents to create memories with their baby (e.g. remembrance photographers, remembrance castings, jewelry etc).

Inclusion: As above

Exclusion: Last year’s category winner. Anyone living outside of the UK.