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Exhibition aims to break baby loss taboos

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018
Exhibition aims to break baby loss taboos

A North East exhibition is aiming to challenge the taboos of infant loss.

Remembering Baby, an exhibition challenging issues around stillbirth and miscarriage, will be showing at The Thought Foundation in Birtley between the 3rd and 7th June.

In partnership with Teardrop, the exhibition aims to sensitively explore what happens when a baby dies, from both parental and professional perspectives. The work on show at the exhibition features visual images, film, physical objects, sound installation and parent/sibling artwork.

Following a successful tour of London and Sheffield during 2017, the exhibition has been brought to the North-East by the Teardrop charity which was set up to support bereaved parents and families in Northumberland and North Tyneside who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or termination of pregnancy because of foetal abnormality.

Teardrop operates in association with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which manages hospital and community services in North Tyneside and hospital, community services and adult social care in Northumberland.

Marie Blyth, Teardrop Co-ordinator at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “The death of a child is something that most people can’t begin to comprehend, however it is sadly more common than we think.

“People naturally don’t like talking about the loss of a loved one and it’s a subject that many are unsure how to approach.”

Georgina Alexander-Payne, Teardrop Co-ordinator added: “We hope our partnership with Remembering Baby and this exhibition can help change this view, as it is often something that parents actually really benefit from talking about.”

The exhibition will be open between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am -4pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.