Stillbirth

Elective Caesarean After Experiencing Stillbirth

Claire Copland | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

Childbirth is always painful (obviously) but delivering a stillborn child is something different altogether. Such physical participation in your child's death remains an unthinkable experience to those who haven't endured such loss.

What's in a Name? Getting the Kicks Count Message Right

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Hutton

Stillbirth is still a difficult subject to raise with pregnant women. There is a taboo about it as if by talking about stillbirth, you are making it a possibility. We believe that if you deliver that message in the right way, it doesn't have to be scary.

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.

Why Should Anyone Need Convincing That Giving Birth to a Dead or Dying Child is Devastating and Traumatic?

Charlotte Bevan | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Charlotte Bevan

As a bereaved parent it's bewildering to me that anyone needs convincing that giving birth to a dead or dying (in my case) child is devastating and traumatic, and therefore worth targeting as a health care priority. Or that the case has to be made that many of these tragedies are potentially avoidable, even when national audits have been telling us this for two decades.

Why We Must Break the Silence Around Stillbirths to Fulfil Our Pledge to Women and Children

Robin Gorna | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Gorna

Stillbirth does not have to be a difficult topic. We need to end the silence. We cannot keep silent and let women and families drown in overwhelming feelings of grief and helplessness.

Stillbirth: Lack Of Awareness Means Parents Suffer In Silence

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents

There has been slow progress on preventing and reducing the number of stillbirths in the UK compared to most other high-income countries, a new landma...

Mother Describes Heartbreaking Moment Premature Baby Was Stillborn In Taxi

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has shared her grief following the "horrific" moment her premature baby was stillborn in the back of a taxi. Nadia Smart, 22 from Dundee, ...

The Truth About Grieving for Your Child

Claire Copland | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

My son, Louis, would be 13 years old tomorrow. I have spent all these years silently counting the years - I know the year he would have started primary school, secondary school, I have wondered what kind of birthday parties he would have enjoyed. I look to place him in our world, picturing him on our holidays, at our dinner table, in our house.

Dispelling the Myths Around Stillbirth

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Hutton

After I lost Toby, I found it hard to get out of bed or take an interest in anything. I could just about get my daughter to nursery but that was about it. I started searching the internet for forums and websites about stillbirth and miscarriage because I couldn't talk to anybody about what I had been through.

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.

Lily Allen's Latest Song Was Written In Honour Of Her Stillborn Son

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Parents

Lily Allen wrote her latest song, Something's Not Right' in honour of her stillborn son. The singer revealed the touching story behind the track fo...

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.

7 Families Open Up About The Long-Term Heartbreak Of Stillbirth

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Parents

Seven families have spoken out about the long-term heartbreak of stillbirth. The families, who were filmed over three years, have shared their sto...

Should We Discuss Baby Loss With Pregnant Women?

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Heidi Eldridge

One of the greatest advantages to not sweeping baby loss under the carpet is to raise awareness among pregnant women in a positive way with what they can do personally to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy:

This Is My Truth

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

If you have lost a baby can I encourage you to share your story and speak your truth....Every person who joins us, is publically stating I want to help break the silence and my story matters and my babies life mattered however short it may have been.

Rakhee Thakrar On Eastenders Stillbirth Storyline: 'There's No Instruction Book On How To Deal With Grief'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents

Eastenders actress Rakhee Thakrar has spoken out about the dramatic storylines that will soon see her character Shabnam Masood launching a custody bat...

The Strange New World of 'Miscarriage Cards'

Leanne Bryan | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Leanne Bryan

Miscarriage is a personal experience. People share feelings, of course they do, but I don't want an identikit card on my bookcase from my next door neighbour after losing Bella at six months to the next woman from her mum on losing her baby at six weeks.

Baby Loss Awareness Week - an Interview With Parents

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Public awareness was something that they felt was so important. The term stillbirth is so loaded and weighty as a phrase, could there be some different terminology? Rob explained that more children die from still birth than cot death, but popular awareness reflects opposite.

Mum Urges Others To Be More Aware Of 'Biggest Cause Of Stillbirth'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum wants other women to be aware of one of the biggest causes of stillbirth after being unaware what her symptoms during pregnancy were telling her...

Photo Of Mums With Rainbow Babies Prompts Emotional Conversation About Baby Loss

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents

A moving photograph of seven mums celebrating their "rainbow babies" has encouraged thousands of women to share their own stories of miscarriage and b...

Meet The Same-Sex Couple Who Tried For 8 Years For Their Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Parents

For same-sex couples, the decision to start a family comes with a series of hurdles. It marks the beginning of difficult process of navigating fertili...

Eastenders Actress Creates Emotional Hashtag #SayTheirName For Stillborn Babies

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Parents

On Tuesday night's Eastenders episode (1 September), characters Shabnam and Kush said goodbye to their baby in an emotional scene that was praised by ...

What Causes Stillbirth And How Can You Support Someone Who's Had One?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this week, Eastenders was praised for its sensitive scenes of stillbirth as characters Shabnam and Kush said goodbye to their baby. The sce...

My Story

Sharon Parr | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Sharon Parr

Later we returned home. Instead of carrying my new born child I carried a yellow folder. Inside was the information we would need to help get us through the next few weeks. How to organise a funeral, register a death, counselling services and Sands.