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28 September 2016

Former WFTV mentee to release Still Loved documentary

Former WFTV mentee Debbie Howard of Big Buddha Films releases her documentary Still Loved in cinemas next week.

A “groundbreakingly honest” documentary showing families coming to terms with baby loss, Still Loved will premiere in Manchester before going on a UK tour of one-night-only screenings and Q&As. The release of the film coincides with Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 Oct), and International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15.

Over 3,500 babies are stillborn in the UK every year, the highest stillbirth rate for any country in Europe, and only 10% of stillbirths happen because of a genetic problem that meant the baby had no chance of surviving. Debbie says “People need to understand that it’s not an abstract when a baby dies. It’s someone’s child that has died Saying things like ‘Never mind, you can have another’ aren’t helpful, in exactly the same way that we wouldn’t say that to someone who lost an older child. We need to be able to feel comfortable to talk about their babies, to say their name. I hope this film will bring much more understanding around what happens in a family when their baby dies.”

Still Loved features three families’ distinct and unique stories, supported by other families, woven together into one common story with different voices to illustrate the frequency of baby loss and how it affects more people than just the parents: siblings, extended family and friends.

Alex Heazell, Clinical Director of Tommy’s Maternal & Fetal Health Research Centre, said “The subject matter of Still Loved is emotionally challenging – it should be, this is a not a film to make the viewer feel comfortable. We must break the silence, the stigma and the taboo that surrounds the death of a baby. Still Loved begins this process. It provides an accessible, original and profound insight into the effects of the death of a baby.”

Click here for Still Loved screening information.