NHS Maternity Wards To Be Rated To Improve Care For Mums And Babies

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Parents

Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to improve the safety of maternity care in the NHS, with the aim halving stillbirths and neonatal deaths by 2030. NHS ...

Why Baby Loss Awareness Week Is So Important To Me

Louise Hopkinson | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Parents
Louise Hopkinson

I am mother to Bethany and Courtney 16, Megan 12, Grace 9, Connie 6 and Archie who was stillborn in 2009. I was 35 weeks pregnant and I suffered a concealed abruption, which meant that I bled internally. I was rushed down for a caesarean and when I came round they said that he'd not made it - he'd passed away.

Living For Eddie - A Bereaved Dad's Story

Chris Reid | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Chris Reid

Grief is an individual journey. It is for Jen and it is for me, even though our journeys are so closely entwined. But with the support of our wonderful family and friends, as well as our simply amazing bereavement counsellor we took tentative steps each day.

Mum Of Stillborn Son Pumped 2,000 Ounces Of Breast Milk For Other Babies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who had a stillborn son decided to donate her breast milk to help other babies. Wendy Cruz-Chan, from New York, US, donated more than 2,000 ...

Bereaved Parents Have Their Say On The #BabyLossDebate

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

Two MPs who have both suffered the death of a baby reached out to bereaved parents on Twitter to ask what more the Government can do. Antoinette Sandb...

Why Baby Loss Awareness Week Is So Important

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Hutton

As a baby loss mother, I don't need a week to remember my son. I remember him every single day. But baby loss awareness week gives me a chance to get others to remember him and to share his memory.

How A #WaveOfLight Is Helping Raise Awareness Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Parents

Parents who have suffered the death of a baby are being urged to bring the taboo issue out into the open. The Stillbirth and neonatal death charity (...

Surviving the Loss of a Child

Jennifer Reid | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jennifer Reid

thriving families.jpg The pain of losing Eddie will always be with us. I don't believe grief every goes away, it just changes shape over time. We will always work tirelessly on Teddy's Wish to keep our promise to Eddie. He may not be here but he is here in spirit and I will always be a parent to both of my boys..

Can I Call Myself a Mother?

Sharon Schurder | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents
Sharon Schurder

How many children do I have? Zero? But that's not the full truth. And denying her existence would not be fair to her memory. We do not live in the yesteryear where such events were kept hidden and the parents were expected to forget immediately. But how do I keep her memory alive without dragging others down with sadness?

BBC's Anna Foster On The Heartache Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Parents

BBC radio presenter Anna Foster has opened up about her experiences of baby loss to encourage others to tell their stories. The 36-year-old had a misc...

Mum Of Stillborn Daughter In Tears At Gesture By Tesco Staff

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who gave birth to her stillborn daughter three weeks ago was moved to tears by the kind gesture of two Tesco workers. Tamzyn Rollinson, 29, f...

Talking About Stillbirth Prevents Storing Unhelpful Feelings Inside and the Potential Risk of Depression and Other Related Problems

Sean Casey | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sean Casey

Ciara was a tiny princess with jet black hair. Unfortunately she had Edwards Syndrome, which is a chromosomal abnormality caused by the presence of all, or part of, an extra 18th chromosome. This had affected her internal organs.

Mum Devastated Photo Of Son Who Died Reported As 'Offensive'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents

Update: the photo from this article has been removed and the comments have been turned off. A mother was devastated to learn that a photo of her son...

Hospitals Missing Opportunity To Learn From Stillbirths And 'Prevent Future Tragedies'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents

More than half of investigations into stillbirths and neonatal deaths following full-term labour are insufficient, according to the Royal College of O...

Why 'Hollyoaks' Ayden Callaghan Was Written Out Of Stillbirth Storyline

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Parents

'Hollyoaks' actor Ayden Callaghan (a.k.a Joe Roscoe) was written out of his on-screen partner's stillbirth storyline after his fiancée had a miscarri...

Marriage: The Rings or the Love?

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Gilmour

I don't remember the actual moment when we made the decision to marry but it was because of what we learnt from the loss of two such important people from our lives that we suddenly felt that it was important to us and important that we didn't waste time waiting.

Air Pollution May Trigger Stillbirths, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents

Stillbirths could be triggered by air pollution, according to a new study that has prompted experts to call for further research into the risks for mu...

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.

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,...

Advice On Preventing Stillbirths Published By The NHS For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents

Advice for parents, doctors and midwives to help prevent stillbirths has been published for the first time by the NHS. The Saving Babies' Lives Care B...

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 12.02.2016 | 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.