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Recently it was Baby Loss Awareness Week.

It culminated in parents who’ve experienced pregnancy or baby loss, lighting candles in memory of their baby.

These quiet acts of reflection and remembrance are so important.

Equal to these moments of introspection is the need to talk about pregnancy and baby loss more openly.

It remains one of the last remaining taboo subjects.

But this year has seen more conversations being started on the topic than ever before.

The recent stillbirth storyline in EastEnders, and Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he and his wife had experienced recurrent miscarriage are just two examples of this in action.

The baby charity, Tommy’s, funds research to prevent miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

It is working towards opening Europe’s largest miscarriage research centre in 2016.

I’ve been a supporter for many years, having myself experienced the pain of miscarriage during my first pregnancy.

That’s why I’m honoured to be hosting the Tommy’s Awards for the third year running next March.

The event is so important because it celebrates special individuals who’ve helped parents through the hardest of times.

If anyone would like to publicly acknowledge someone who has gone to great lengths to help them during a tough road to parenthood, why not put in a nomination?

You can find out more at http://www.tommys.org/awards.

Katy Hill,

C/o Tommy’s,

Laurence Pountney Hill,

London