Every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9 to 15 October. A week in which worldwide attention is drawn to infant mortality every year.
Support centre Nova is a member of the International Baby Loss Awareness Alliance and is in line with what has been discussed worldwide in the Netherlands.
The theme of 2022 was STEP BY STEP (STEPPING STONES international).
Through various activities, we want to raise awareness for baby loss.
Follow us on instagram and Facebook for all the latest information about the BLAW.

OPENING
2:15 p.m. Walk-in and write your baby’s name on a cherishing pebble
2:30 p.m. Opening of the Baby Loss Awareness Week by the unveiling of the feet by the mayor of Naarden and GTST actress Bertie Wieringa
  Music by Bertie Wieringa
15.00 hrs Start of the ‘Walk for Nova’ with a joint walk through the Naarden Fortress
4:30 p.m. Closing with a snack and a drink

Take a look at all the photos here, made by Fred de Wit of Fred’s Eye Photography.

Watch the entire opening here, made entirely free of charge by Ben van der Goes and Toon Evers of ADVL media.

RUN FOR NOVA:

Walk for Nova: You could join the Run for Nova all week. You chose your own distance, your own route, your own place and time and the people you walked with.
Together, 1692 kilometers were walked by 125 people.

Read more info and ideas here

PERSONAL DONATION PAGE:

You could use a personal donation page to sponsor your Loop on behalf of your child. The page will remain open all year round so that with all the donations that come in, we can develop great initiatives for parents who lose/have lost a baby.

HOSPITAL RELIEF

BovenIJ hospital Amsterdam, Isala Zwolle, ETZ Tilburg, Deventer Hospital, Bravis Bergen op Zoom, Viecuri birth center Noord-Limburg, ter Gooi, Admiraal de Ruyter Hospital Goes, AmsterdamUMC, UMCG, Rijnstate, Radboud UMC, Bernhoven Uden, Zaans Medical Center

AND BUILDINGS

Cuneratoren in Rhenen, John Frostbrug Arnhem, transmitter mast Alphen aan den Rijn, Martinuskerk Weert, town hall Goirle.

WRITING ABOUT YOUR LOSS

Every day we posted a card on our socials with the subtheme of that day and a short inspiration text compiled by Marlieke de Steur of the Hanne Foundation. We have published all stories that have been written and in which Steunpunt Nova is tagged with @steunpunt_nova on this page.

YOGA

Nina Schipper, Babiche Lineman and Bianca Grondman, all three of whom have also lost a baby, started each morning with a short meditation that fit the theme of that day.
On Tuesday, October 11, they gave a beautiful yoga session live in Zaandam and Twente.
Everything can be viewed on our instagram page.

INSTA LIVE

On Friday , we interviewed documentary maker Rowan Blijd about her documentary Stil Leven about the birth and farewell of Amari.

Can be viewed via YouTube and NPO.

WEBINAR:

On October 10 at 5.30 pm, broadcast from the WKZ, Utrecht and can be watched here.

SALE OF BLAW PINS
WAVE OF LIGHT

From 18:00 the whole team was ready to write the names of your children on candles, which you could deliver via insta live.
At 19:00 the candles with all the names on them were lit, also broadcast via insta live (part 1 and part 2).
More than 2200 people watched the broadcast.

READ THE FULL PROGRAMME HERE

How you can help raise awareness:

  • Illuminate as many buildings and hospitals as possible in blue and pink. We have an email available that you can personalize and send to a building or hospital near you.
    Ask Leonie for it: leonie@steunpuntnova.nl.
  • Light up a tree or a bridge and hang crocheted blue-pink hearts in it.
  • Color your house blue and pink with LED strips (e.g. Action), blue-pink construction light, blue-pink crepe paper with light underneath, blue-pink balloons with lights in or underneath, blue-pink candles, blue-pink Christmas lights.
  • Join the Loop for Nova.
  • Start a deposit bottle campaign in your area.
  • Wear the BLAW pin
  • Hang out the BLAW flags (soon available in our webshop)
  • Wear blue-pink clothing
  • Paint your nails blue-pink