The Deafening Silence

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Client: Abigail’s Footsteps

Bereavement care charity, Abigail’s Footsteps, commissioned a film to raise awareness of the need for improved bereavement care when a baby or child dies and to encourage midwives to seek additional training to improve their knowledge and understanding of stillbirth and neo-natal death.

Despite the fact that 17 babies are either stillborn or die a neonatal death (when a baby dies within the first 28 days of being born) every single day in the UK, many hospitals are woefully ill-prepared to deal with this. Numerous hospitals have inadequate facilities and equipment and their staff have received no bereavement training.

Aimed at midwives and care staff the double Gold IVCA Award-winning film, ‘The Deafening Silence’, tells the story of a stillbirth through a mother’s eyes from the moment she is told the devastating news that her baby has died through to the time she leaves hospital. The film is being used by Child Bereavement UK, Sands and the Royal College of Midwives in their training programme.

The film has also fueled debate and discussion on YouTube where it has had over 150,000 views.