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A Salford Mum has described the effect of losing her baby son, as the nation marks Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Salford mother, Jemma Blagden, lost her baby boy Jaxson Mark John Swinscoe three years ago at just two months old.

She says: “Baby loss has made me look at life very different, it also changed me as a person and affected my mental health.

“I suffer with PTSD, anxiety and depression to the point I check my sons regularly at night to see if they’re still breathing.

“I knew I had to be strong for my eldest because he was only one at the time, he is my strength.

“I also cope by making my son’s resting place as beautiful as I could”.

Between the 9th and 15th of October each year, Baby Loss Awareness Week is a chance for bereaved parents and their families and friends to commemorate the lives of babies who have died during pregnancy, birth and in infancy.

Child loss is something that affects 25% of new mothers, meaning thousands are impacted globally every year.

Jemma Blagden’s advice to those in a similar position is: “Take each day as it comes, make sure you grieve, don’t bottle it all up.

“Look for support groups, there are many on Facebook I joined and it helped because people understand you.”

This month, Jemma is doing 310,000 steps to raise awareness and funds for the baby and child loss charity SANDS.

As well as commemorating babies’ lives, Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss, as well as driving change and improvements in care and support.

Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the global Wave of Light on the 15th of October, recognised as international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

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