Miscarriage

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

Dee Armstrong | Posted 17.09.2014 | 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 18.08.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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.

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!

Savita Halappanavar's Death - A Human Rights Issue

Barbara Hewson | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Barbara Hewson

The problem which Ireland now faces is that Ms Halappanavar's Convention rights under Articles 3 and 8 appear to have been breached, as well as her right to life. She was in a position of great vulnerability, yet she seems to have been treated deplorably.

Baby Loss Awareness Week 9- 15 October

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Eldridge

Sadly 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth in the UK every DAY, which equates to 6,500 each year.

The Gifts of Grief: Saying Goodbye to Lost Babies

Jody Day | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Day

The Saying Goodbye organisation is a beautiful tribute to the five babies that Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates have personally suffered the loss of. And it is an organisation that the public has immediately taken to its heart.

Why Moving House is Also About Moving On

BritChick Paris | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

They say change is as good as a rest. Energies need shaking up and boosting. Memories and stuff are great but they are all part of the past. We would have sat on the fence had I not been pregnant. Let's hope we are doing things the right way round. Nest first and sproglet after.