Baby Loss

Made in Vietnam: The Story of Our Little Star George

Alana Nicholson | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Alana Nicholson

I looked over to my husband's face and will never forget the look of utter devastation for the rest of my life. I actually thought that they would use me for medical research, I never in my wildest dreams knew this was even possible.

We Need to Talk About the M-Word

Sarah Pylas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Pylas

Tears started to fall down my cheeks as she removed the scanning instrument and told me that she could not detect a heartbeat, and the fetus was measuring at only six weeks. I felt dizzy. Sick. Scared. Vulnerable.

#SayTheirName: Bereaved Mum Encourages Everyone To Talk About Baby Loss as Part of #MatExp Campaign

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

The loss of my son Hugo in March 2014 has, naturally, profoundly affected me. Nothing could have been done differently in either my or Hugo's care from a clinical perspective. However, better communication, especially at the end of Hugo's life could have made an already heartbreaking situation less stressful.

The Lament of the Mother of a Premature Baby

Leigh Kendall | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

I never expected an emergency C-section, under general anaesthetic and accompanied by seemingly most of the hospital's maternity team's staff. I never expected my partner to have to wait, terrified, in a separate room to hear whether I and his baby had survived.

May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Four Reasons Why It Matters to You

Leigh Kendall | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

There is nothing that can be done to change what happened to me, or to bring Hugo back. What I can do is to help make sure everyone knows about these devastating pregnancy complications and what to do about it.

How This Empty-Armed Mother Deals With Baby Photos on Facebook

Leigh Kendall | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

Other women have every right to share their baby news, their photos, and their updates, just as I share photos of Hugo's life, and his grave garden. I would never dream of asking them to stop sharing photos of their bumps or babies. Rather than continue to torture myself, I have started unfollowing, for now, on Facebook some women...

Grief is Unique

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

My first loss was shocking...it was submerged with a host of other feelings, mostly denial. I didn't want to be that one in four who lost a baby; I felt I could almost pretend I hadn't lost a baby, and that would erase the miscarriage.

Creating Precious Memories: The Importance of Baby Bereavement Photography

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

Our photos show Hugo's personality - lying back with his legs dangling over his nest, throwing his arms around, playing with the wires, or comfily lying in his favourite position on his tummy. Our videos show him boogying to my singing, and opening his eyes to peek out on the world.

There Are Always Options for Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Leigh Kendall | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

The distinction in Hugo's care between 'there being no hope' and 'no further treatment' being worthwhile with 'nothing more can be done' is crucial. Nothing more could be done to save Hugo's life, but we were able to give him a good death.

Five Reasons Why All Preemies Are Amazing

Leigh Kendall | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Many premature babies do eventually go home with their proud and grateful parents. These babies are inspiring, as many stories outline. The proliferation of success stories can give the impression that all preemie babies get to go home and live happily ever after. Sadly, that is not the case.

Living as an Empty-Armed Mother After Surviving HELLP Syndrome

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Left untreated, both conditions are likely to result in the deaths of both mum and baby. The only cure is for the baby to be born. My partner and I were both utterly devastated - we knew the chances of our baby's survival at that stage were slim.

'Britain's Biggest Family' Mother's Stillborn Grave Robbery 'Shock'

Caroline Thain | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

The grieving mother of 'Britain's biggest family' has described her "shock and sadness", after her stillborn baby son's shoes were stolen from his grave. It is the latest cruel blow for the Radfords, from Lancashire, who were made famous by Channel 4 television documentary '16 Kids And Counting'.

They Threw Our Baby in the Bin

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

We wish we had ticked the other box, the box that stated 'yes' we would have our baby back. However, like many parents, we were given minutes to decide, before I was rushed down to theatre. In those few minutes we sat traumatised. We were in shock...

Why We Need to Raise Awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Chloe Best | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Best

A truly heartbreaking experience, nothing can compare to the loss of a child. Whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), infant loss is something that touches an astonishingly high number of families, yet many of us are still unaware of the facts.

New Movie Being Made to Help Save Babies Lives!

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Anyone in the world can pledge any amount they would like (min £1) towards the funding of the film and in return can select from a variety of rewards, ranging from a simple social media 'shout out', a copy of the new ebook '24weekers: The Story', through to a non-speaking role in the film and dinner with the director and some of the cast!