Baby Loss

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.

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Kia kaha is Maori for stay strong. It's one of the Maori phrases I learned when I lived in the Land of the Long White Cloud more than a decade ago now (many Maori words and phrases are in general use in New Zealand).

The Fear of Losing Another Baby

Katy Flint | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Flint

I lost a baby. My second pregnancy did not go well and I miscarried at seven weeks. I know that is not as traumatic as some pregnancies that make it further down the line but each loss breaks you.

Why I Haven't Asked About Your Pregnancy

Aimee Foster | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

My bump didn't carry a sign announcing my baby's probable fate to the world. I was still subjected to the usual barrage of questions and comments from well-meaning strangers. Strangers who were blissfully unaware of how hurtful their musings on and queries about my pregnancy were.

The Reality Behind 'Hollyoaks' Stillbirth Storyline

Claire Copland | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

I'm too sensitive, it's true - losing my son left me raw to the world. Pick the scab and I still bleed. Watching my reality played out by actors does pick that scab. Even if I know it's in the name of raising awareness.

How Hollyoaks Adapted Stillbirth Storyline After Conversations With Count The Kicks CEO

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents

Hollyoaks scriptwriters were persuaded to alter an upcoming stillbirth storyline after consulting with charity Count The Kicks. It was recently rev...

How to Help Your Friend Through Baby Loss

Aimee Foster | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Baby Loss Awareness Week took place last week. Sadly, one in four mums will suffer miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss at some stage. I am one of them.

Too Afraid to Exercise After Losing a Baby

Karen Laing | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents
Karen Laing

For many women, sickness or shock make any form of activity in the first months of pregnancy impossible. But if you do want to keep active, guidelines state that it is safe to continue to do what you did before pregnancy.

We Need to Open Up About Miscarriage

Lisa Francesca Nand | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Francesca Nand

People rarely talk about the mechanics of miscarriage and in films and on TV you don't get a sense of how physically shocking it can be. After the furious contractions I took a week of waiting to 'pass' the pregnancy sac. A gruesome and painful experience I never wish to repeat.

Next Time You See a Rainbow, Remember a Kiss...

Jill Finch | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It's not just a mother's kiss that can kill, it is anyone who visits a newborn baby. It's not just a death sentence, but for those babies who survive, it can mean acute lifelong disabilities, liver damage and severe brain damage caused by meningoencephalitis. This is entirely preventable if you would share this story and encourage others to do so too.

Learning Through Devastation: Surviving the Loss of a Stillborn Child

Jonathan Bird | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jonathan Bird

Time heals all wounds. I believe this. I'll never forget him but remembering John-Ian in the right way has helped me move on. John Ian formed a big part of who I am but he also gave me so much in such a short period of time

Every Baby Matters

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

People constantly ask us 'What can we say to make it all better?' The answer is 'you can't make it all better, but you can be there and you can keep talking about it and let them know you will always be available to listen.'

Recurrent Miscarriage: Where Do I Go From Here?

Lucy Howard | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Howard

My miscarriages remain unexplained. It could be bad luck. It could be a chromosomal issue. We might never know. And that for me is the worst development. I know, it is ridiculous to want something to be wrong. But I wanted there to be something wrong with me so that there was a reason for the miscarriages.

Why I Hope 'EastEnders' Stillbirth Storyline Helps Break the Taboo of Babyloss

Leigh Kendall | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

We need to break the taboo - and the only way to break a taboo is by talking about any 'challenging issue' openly. We need bereaved parents to feel able to talk openly about their babies if they so wish.

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Libby Martin | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

I know lots of people who have children and most of them are newborns or recentborns. I see them struggling with sleep deprivation and feeding and can't help but feel a little envious. I really would give anything. Anything. I don't want to steal your baby though.

Why I Am Glad To Be Growing Another Year Older

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

It's an irony of life that when as children we are eager to be older, to be an adult with responsibilities and to make our own decisions. Yet when we are an adult we wish we could liberate ourselves from those wished-for responsibilities, slow down the clock against ageing.

Lets Get Our Priorities Straight

Libby Martin | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

I'd like to think that I won't let my previous experiences taint my decision- last time, my birth plan was to do everything as naturally as possible and I loved the excitement of not knowing when labour would start- but I will definitely be opting for early induction next time because I'm terrified.