Baby Loss

Labour's Desperate, Fear-Stoking Campaign In Copeland Deserves To Lose

Will Quince | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Will Quince

The past week or so in Copeland has seen a Labour campaign that has made me angry and sad in equal measure. To see a mainstream political party - a party I respected - run a campaign quoting from unnamed midwifes saying 'mothers will die, babies will die, babies will be brain damaged' is simply disgusting.

Amanda Holden Reveals She Had To Seek Help After Births Of Two Children: 'I Wasn't Coping'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents

Amanda Holden has revealed she had to undergo therapy after her two traumatic births in 2011 and 2012. The 46-year-old TV presenter gave birth to her...

Selfless Pregnant Mum To Carry Baby Without Brain Full Term To Donate Organs

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

A dad has written a heartbreaking post about his wife on how remarkable she is for carrying their baby without a brain full term to donate her organs ...

Jools Oliver Reveals She Suffered A Miscarriage When Three Months Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents

Jools Oliver has spoken for the first time about about previously suffering a miscarriage. The 42-year-old, who didn’t say how old she was when she ...

Jools Oliver Launches 'My Rainbow Baby' Bodysuit To Support Research Into Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents

Jools Oliver has launched a limited edition baby bodysuit at Mothercare, to help fund much-needed research into baby loss. The 42-year-old, whose ‘L...

An Open Letter To Our First Baby

Lucy Howard | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Howard

Dear Baby, Today could have been your fourth birthday. Today your daddy and I could have been singing Happy Birthday to you. We could have watched you open your presents. Seen you smile as you blew out the candles on your cake.

The Real Reasons We Don't Talk About Baby Loss

Caroline Thain | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Caroline Thain

I am glad it still hurts because it should. I am encouraged that we are getting slightly better at talking about babies we have loved and lost. Whether or not we lost a baby in the womb, whether that baby died during pregnancy or after, in childhood or beyond...

Break The Silence Surrounding Miscarriages

Eleanor Blachford | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Eleanor Blachford

Recently, Coronation Street ran the heartbreaking story of Steve and Michelle suffering a late miscarriage and losing their baby. It is a devastating experience that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Unsurprisingly, with it coming into the fore, emotions will be running high for anyone who has experienced any sort of miscarriage.

It Saddens Me Deeply But, Officially, I Never Actually Gave 'Birth' To My Son, Archie

Kym Marsh | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kym Marsh

If you look at the records, he simply doesn't exist, as if he was a somehow nothing more than a figment of my imagination. But he's so much more than that. And while Archie was only on this Earth for a few short minutes, he existed to me. He was, and will always be, my little boy and there's not a day goes by that I don't think of him. You see, according to UK law as it stands, a parent cannot be issued with a birth certificate if the child is born showing no signs of life before 24 weeks.

What My Miscarriage Taught Me

Nicole Davies | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Davies

Three whole months went by after the miscarriage and it got harder to deal with the more negative pregnancy tests that I took. Then in the February, I finally tested positive and it was a very mixed-emotion moment for both myself and my fiancé. After having one healthy pregnancy and a baby boy, to having a miscarriage, we couldn't let ourselves get too excited.

This Week, Coronation Street Wasn't Just A Story - It Felt Real

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Elizabeth Hutton

Knowing Kym Marsh, who played Michelle, had been through the same thing herself meant you knew the emotions were genuine. I didn't feel I was watching actors on a soap, I felt I was watching the most personal, painful experience of a person's life. And in a way, I was.

Kym Marsh Discusses Why The Term 'Late Miscarriage' Angers Her

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents

Kym Marsh has opened up about why the term “late miscarriage” angers her. The 40-year-old was discussing the terminology around baby loss with neo...

Kym Marsh Discusses Heartbreak Over Filming 'Coronation Street' Baby Loss Storyline

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents

Kym Marsh has discussed the difficulties she faced when filming her ‘Coronation Street’ late miscarriage storyline, seven years after the death of...

Miscarriage Envy

Cookie Kibbles | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Cookie Kibbles

You might even get to the point of already having an early scan, have seen its little heart beating and tiny, still forming legs and arms beginning to wave and kick around and then you get the wow moment and everything seems really real and it's your baby already. And then you start thinking about names, and if this one will have your Granddad's eyes too, and how many people will be annoyed if it's a girl and you name it after your cousin who everyone thinks is odd. And if you have an older child as I did, you automatically think of this new baby as an extension of them and get excited about how similar or different they will be.

Grief Changes You

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Grief changes you. You can let it consume you or you can let it awash your world with positives. What do you choose? To remain in the shade covered i...

Standards In Perinatal Bereavement Care: A Geographical Lottery?

Chantal Lockey | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Chantal Lockey

Over the years I have met with thousands of bereaved parents who never cease to shock me with their tales of horror and lack of support following the devastation that is the loss of a baby. In some trusts, stillborn babies are still being delivered in delivery suites to the sounds of babies crying, excited visitors arriving with bunches of flowers and congratulation balloons.

Grieving Mums Were Brought Together By This Heart-Shaped Necklace

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents

Two grieving mothers were brought together by a heart-shaped necklace, even though they were “complete strangers”. One of the mums, named PJ-Darl ...

Women Remember Babies 'Too Precious For Earth' In Powerful Photo Project

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents

A photographer who suffered a miscarriage is encouraging other women to share their stories of baby loss in a powerful way. Nikita Razo, a birth and f...

An Open Letter To The Woman Who Has Just Miscarried

Lucy Howard | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Howard

I know that you blame yourself for the death of your baby. You wonder if there is something that you could have done to prevent the miscarriage. And you feel a failure. I know that you worry that this miscarriage will affect your relationship. You fear that the grief will drive a wedge between you.

Making A Rainbow: The Truth About Pregnancy After Loss

Aimee Foster | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Pregnancy after loss can be a long, harrowing journey. My rainbow pregnancy was often dramatic and my husband and I were unable to fully relax. We constantly battled against fearing the worst. Until the worst almost happened. When Pregnancy comes to stay, she always calls the shots.

Unite Warns Philip Hammond Of A 'Perfect Storm' For Bereaved Families

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics

Unite has warned of a “perfect storm” for bereaved families, and has called on Philip Hammond to increase funding for health visitors. Health budg...

Our Opportunity To Break The Taboo And Talk About Baby Loss

Will Quince | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Will Quince

There is no question that a miscarriage or the death of a baby are very difficult subjects to talk about. We don't like talking about death let alone the death of a baby. However it is only by talking about miscarriage, stillbirth and neo-natal death that we can start to address the underlying issues and causes and importantly ensure that the appropriate bereavement care is in place to support those who sadly lose a baby.

Mum Of Stillborn Son Pumped 2,000 Ounces Of Breast Milk For Other Babies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who had a stillborn son decided to donate her breast milk to help other babies. Wendy Cruz-Chan, from New York, US, donated more than 2,000 ...

Bereaved Parents Have Their Say On The #BabyLossDebate

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

Two MPs who have both suffered the death of a baby reached out to bereaved parents on Twitter to ask what more the Government can do. Antoinette Sandb...

Losing A Baby You Didn't Try For

Maddy Matthews | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

It's never been more important to speak out about our experiences of miscarriages and chemical pregnancies, to reassure people that they are not alone - and to help people know what to say if someone tells them about their pregnancy loss.