Miscarriage

Secondary Infertility: Is It Selfish to Want More of What You Already Have? I Say NO

Jane Newman | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

I have secondary infertility, in other words I had fertility issues after my first child was born. She is now six. After five and a half years of numerous procedures, operations, four rounds of IVF, a miscarriage and ending up with a fairy godmother surrogate, I got my happy ending, my complete family.

How a Near Life Experience Changed My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Perhaps it was being put deep under by the anaesthesia, for I am told it really is a little like dying. Well the closest one comes to dying without actually... dying; when you are sedated enough for them to cut into you. Maybe it was that which dropped me deep into myself, enough to touch the stuff that really mattered. The debris hidden behind decades of conditioning shot to the top.

The Dirty 'M' Word....'Miscarriage'

Anita Mitra | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Mitra

This week is National Baby Loss Awareness Week. The campaign runs every year from 9-15th October, and this year in particular aims to start a national conversation about pregnancy loss. But even the event to raise awareness can't even use the dirty 'M' word...Miscarriage. There, I said it.

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You secretly weep when you see pregnant women, as it's a reminder of what you no longer have. However if you envy that woman, it's always tinged with guilt, as you are acutely aware that she might be one of the one in four- expecting a baby following loss.

Acupuncture to Support Fertility, Conception and Recurrent Miscarriage

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

I feel really passionate about the patients that I see suffering with the loss of their baby through miscarriage and particularly those suffering from recurrent miscarriage. It is documented that 1-in-4 women has had at least one miscarriage, which equates to around a quarter of a million women in the UK each year.

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

Dee Armstrong | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Armstrong

I'd love to ban the term 'chemical pregnancy'. It's a confusing phrase and many women misunderstand what it means - if I had £1 for every time someone's asked me to explain it I'd be very well off.

Are You Seriously Asking Me That?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Today's post follows an interesting interview I had on the radio. The interviewer, through no fault of his own, clearly had no understanding of baby loss. He sadly resorted to many clichéd lines, which are regularly handed out to those who are unfortunate enough to know first-hand the sad reality of losing a much wanted child.

Moral Judgement: Please Use Responsibly

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

The case of the Australian couple who have taken the twin, but not the Downs syndrome sibling from the surrogate Thai mother, which has been in the news this week raises some interesting ethical issues. I don't mean to comment directly on that case here because the facts of that particular case are far from clear. The only thing that is clear is that it is very sad that it has happened. But what were the alternatives?

There Is Healing in the Weeping

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

When babies are born we hope they come out crying so we know they are OK. However, somewhere along the line, tears stop showing the world we are healthy and that we are fine. Instead, the tears seem to start telling people that we are emotionally unstable and suggest that we aren't coping.

Emergency Bathroom Midwifery

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

As a recurrent miscarrier, it can be hard to be around pregnant women and babies. Emotions swing between jealousy, self-hatred (I never used to be so nasty) and sadness for what I've lost. Self-preservation has a lot to do with it. That and the abject humiliation of having to leave a 2 year old's birthday party because you can't stop crying (got the t-shirt).

The Hardest Job in the World

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

With those I know well, its: 'How are things with you?', 'Oh, you know. Nothing yet.' Sometimes, in my head (and once out loud) I shout 'You can't out-complain me! Your baby is alive and mine is dead!'

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...

The UK Could Reduce Stillbirth By a Quarter

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Since appearing on GMB, people have asked me "If there's a training programme which saves babies, why isn't it made mandatory? I didn't think stillbirth was preventable". I didn't think stillbirth was preventable either but I also didn't realise how common it was or how the UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in the developed world. Until it happened to me.

Miscarriage

Helen Chandler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

Every twinge and cramp caused me to panic, and I tortured myself with endless Google searches. One moment I could be wildly optimistic having read of a woman whose measurements had been the same as mine and yet went on to have a healthy baby, seconds later I would be in floods of tears imagining myself going through the next seven months of pregnancy...

Blood, Fret and Tears

Caroline Feraday | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Feraday

If I had known when I experienced my first miscarriage in the UK that it could cause any complications because of my blood type if I didn't have the Rho-gam injection then I could still be happily expecting our first child.

Midwifery Training Video Launched to Save Babies Lives

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Heidi Eldridge

The UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world and at least 1 third of stillbirths are related to fetal growth restriction. At least 10% of all babies born are growth restricted.

Sixteen Easy Ways to Annoy Pregnant Women

Caroline Thain | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Whenever we grow too exhausted to beat ourselves up with obligatory innate society-taught mummy guilt, we can be certain Another Mother will do it for us. My childless non-pregnant peers don't, nor do men. It's women with at least one kid.

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.

Spare a Thought for the Families That Have Lost a Baby

Clare Goodrham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Goodrham

Many of us will be unaware that it's Baby Loss Awareness Week. For the vast majority of families and parents in the UK, this will be a week like many others - rushing between work commitments, picking up the kids and dealing with a multitude of other tasks. But this week, do spare a thought for the families that have lost a baby.

Teen Caught 'Shoplifting', With Dead Baby In Bag

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK

A teen arrested for shoplifting in a Victoria's Secret store was carrying a dead foetus in her shopping bag, police discovered. Tiona Rodriguez, 17...

Pregnant Muslim Woman Miscarries Baby After Veil Attack

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

A pregnant Muslim woman has miscarried her baby after she was reportedly attacked in Paris for wearing a veil. The unnamed 21-year-old was four mo...

Home Test Shows If Pregnancy Has Ended

PA | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Tests allowing women to find out whether their pregnancy is continuing or ending may soon be available for use in the home. A conference at London'...

Call The Midwife! International Day of the Midwife - 5th May 2013

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

The 5th of May is International Day of the Midwife and the UK should be supporting midwives and other maternity professionals more so now than ever before. Why? Because there is currently a baby boom, a shortage of 5,000 midwives and the UK has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the developed world according to the 2011 Lancet report.

Widower 'Forgives' Midwife Over Pregnant Wife's Death

PA | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK

The widower of an Indian woman who died following a miscarriage in hospital in Ireland said he forgives a midwife who said a termination was not possi...

Deceptive Hysteria Surrounds Abortion Debate in Northern Ireland

Gary Spedding | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

In my opinion, there is a serious lack of education coupled with a deliberate propagation of misinformation in the political and public sphere when it comes to women's reproductive rights in Northern Ireland.