Baby Loss

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.

All Parents Deserve Mandatory Leave After The Loss Of A Child

Will Quince | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Will Quince

Thinking about the parents of children over six months old, why should they not have the same protection in law as those that lose a baby under six months old? Upon losing a baby, the bereaved mother and father are entitled to full maternity and paternity leave. But if you were to lose an older child? Nothing. Surely this cannot be right.

Surviving the Loss of a Child

Jennifer Reid | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jennifer Reid

thriving families.jpg The pain of losing Eddie will always be with us. I don't believe grief every goes away, it just changes shape over time. We will always work tirelessly on Teddy's Wish to keep our promise to Eddie. He may not be here but he is here in spirit and I will always be a parent to both of my boys..

Why It's Time to Talk Openly About Miscarriage

Anna Foster | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Anna Foster

I always planned to make a programme about the dark times, but I don't think I realised it'd take me five years to feel strong enough to do it. Now, after so many supportive and heartfelt messages, I'm glad I did.

BBC's Anna Foster On The Heartache Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Parents

BBC radio presenter Anna Foster has opened up about her experiences of baby loss to encourage others to tell their stories. The 36-year-old had a misc...

Mum Of Stillborn Daughter In Tears At Gesture By Tesco Staff

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who gave birth to her stillborn daughter three weeks ago was moved to tears by the kind gesture of two Tesco workers. Tamzyn Rollinson, 29, f...

The Butterfly Sticker That Alerts Visitors Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who lost one of her twin girls after they were both born prematurely has spearheaded an initiative to alert visitors about the loss of a sibl...

Why Have So Many Gone Too Soon?

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Heidi Eldridge

After experiencing the devastation and pain of giving birth but not bringing my son home from hospital, I eventually decided to tackle baby loss so my son's very short life would not be in vain.

Photographer Documents Mementos From Her 11 Miscarriages

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents

A woman who wants to broaden the understanding around baby loss has shared a poignant photo series documenting her 11 miscarriages. Dianne Yudelson, 5...

Pregnancy After Miscarriage: Surviving the First Trimester

Lucy Howard | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Howard

If you are going through the same experience or if you are trying for another baby after baby loss then I thought that I would share some tips on how I managed to survive the first trimester.

Mum's Poignant Poem About The Constant Struggle Of Stillbirth

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who gave birth to a stillborn daughter has written a poignant poem about the constant struggle she faces after losing her baby. Libby Martin,...

What Do You Say to a Bereaved Parent?

Natasha Batsford | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

It feels strange to write those words - this is actually a post I have shied away from writing for a very long time - because who am I to grieve? Who am I, who has all my babies around me, to look at another mother and even try to comprehend the multitude of ways in which her heart is broken?

Finding New Hope After Baby Loss

Aimee Foster | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

The beginning of a bright new life brings so many emotions to the surface. Joy, fear, anticipation, surprise and trust are among them. And of course there is the love, which is blind, unconditional and fearless. This all-consuming love is always accompanied by hope.

Can Stillborn Babies Save Others Babies Lives?

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Heidi Eldridge

At the hospital our worst fears were confirmed. "I'm so sorry, he's gone" the sonographer said. The pain and heartache can't be described. The shock lived within us for several months as we wanted to know why our baby boy was gone so soon.

Charity To Open UK's First Miscarriage Centre To 'Halve' This Baby Loss By 2030

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Parents

A national baby charity will open the UK's first and only early miscarriage centre in a bid to improve research into what causes this baby loss. To...

Life After Baby Loss

Aimee Foster | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

My husband and I bathed Grace, put a new nappy on her, cut a lock of her hair and took hand and foot prints. We took as many photos as possible, with the unspoken and grim realisation that they would be the only ones we would ever take.