Stillbirth

'There's No Heartbeat' - The Words That Changed My Life

Mary Vince | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Vince

I didn't believe it at first. It was New Year's Eve 2013 and I was heavily pregnant - 38 weeks gone. My little boy, who my husband Dan and I had already named 'Johnny', was due to be with us in a matter of days. To say I was excited doesn't come close.

Why Pregnant Women Are Being Urged Not To Sleep On Their Back In The Third Trimester

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women have been advised to sleep on their sides in the last trimester of pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Auckland have found th...

The Terror Of Pregnancy Post Loss

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

If you are one of the 700 mothers and fathers who lose a child each day in the UK, you will be all too acutely aware of the traumatic effects upon your life. What most people do not talk about however is what happens if you get pregnant again, because for many women they enter a period of fear and anxiety, that can paralyse their life.

98% Of Men Want More Support For Partners Through Baby Loss

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Approximately 700 babies are lost each day in the UK during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, yet baby loss remains a secretive and deeply traumatic experience for parents. For men, however, the level of support they receive has been severely lacking.

NHS Must End The Unfair 'Postcode Lottery' Faced By Bereaved Parents, Charities Warn

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK Parents

Parents grieving the loss of a baby are often forced to endure being placed in maternity wards full of new mums and their babies, due to a “postcode...

Mum Who Gave Birth To Rainbow Baby 11 Months Ago Is Now Pregnant With Her Sister's Rainbow Baby

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Parents

A mother who gave birth to her own rainbow baby 11 months ago is now carrying her sister’s rainbow baby. The pair, from the US, both took part in a ...

Mum Urges All Pregnant Women To Trust Their Instincts, After Narrowly Avoiding A Stillbirth

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents

A new mum has urged all pregnant women to listen to their doubts and “know what is normal” for their own body after she almost lost her baby at 38...

Pampers Removes 'Misinformation' That Could Lead Pregnant Women To Miss Signs Baby Is In Distress

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Parents

A pregnancy and stillbirth charity has criticised Pampers for featuring “misinformation” on its website, which could lead mums-to-be to miss signs...

Mum's 'Empty Photo Project' Captures The Pain Of Child Loss, To Encourage Bereaved Parents To Talk

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has created a photo project to show people that while child loss is painful to experience, it’s okay to talk about it. Susana Butterworth’s...

Mum's Poignant Photo Shows What Stillborn Daughter Would Look Like Now, Playing With Her Cousins

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a photo that is a physical representation of what her stillborn daughter would look like now, playing with her cousins. Libby Martin...

Baby Loss: Why We Are Fundraising For Tommy's

Phil Whyman | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Whyman

The elation of finding out that you are going to be welcoming a child in to the world in just nine short months. The thrills of watching your little one grow, attend nursery, school and university, get married, and have children of their own. So many dreams are about to be fulfilled. And life looks good.

Grenfell Tower Survivors Share Heartache Of Losing Unborn Baby At 7 Months Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents

A couple who escaped the Grenfell tower fire have revealed they lost their unborn baby, two months before he was due to be born. Marcio Gomes and his ...

Kym Marsh Credits Daughter Polly For Helping Her Get Through Loss Of Son Archie

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents

Kym Marsh credits her six-year-old daughter Polly for helping her get through the loss of her son, eight years ago. Marsh’s son Archie was born 19 ...

'Dangerous' Home Dopplers Should Be Banned

Elizabeth Hutton | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Hutton

Midwives, Doctors, healthcare professionals, and maybe most significantly, bereaved mothers are mainly in favour of the ban. Mums who use them are against the ban and think I am being a killjoy. I completely get the appeal of home dopplers, if they had been around when I was pregnant I probably would have bought one. But that was before I was aware of all the risks they pose.

Mothercare Announces They Will Discontinue Sale Of Home Dopplers Once Stock Runs Out

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents

Mothercare has announced they will discontinue the sale of home dopplers once their existing stocks run out. The news comes after UK stillbirth and p...

These 15 Babygros Represent The Heartbreaking Reality Of Baby Loss

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents

A charity has created a poignant visual reminder of how many babies die each day in the UK, to raise awareness of the prevalence of baby loss. Stillbi...

Jeff Brazier On Having Empathy For The Complex Grief Of Parents Who Have Lost A Baby During Pregnancy

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier has spoken candidly about how his perception of miscarriage, stillbirth, and grieving for unborn children, has changed during his journey...

Mum Shares Heartbreaking Photos Of Stillborn Son Who Didn't Survive Car Accident

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared heartbreaking photos of her baby who was stillborn after she was involved in a car accident while six months’ pregnant. Emma Fairba...

Mum Who Lost Baby At 38 Weeks Tells Pregnant Women: 'Trust Your Maternal Instincts'

Caters News Agency | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who lost her baby at 38 weeks is encouraging other mums-to-be to trust maternal instincts. Georgia Boyton, 20, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, first...

To The Doctor Who Heard My Silent Scream

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You thought I was silent, but I was screaming so loudly it deafened my ears. A silent scream... a scream someone can only produce when their world has just imploded in front of their eyes. A scream so loud, so powerful it cannot be heard by human ears.

Dad Shares Photo And Touching Tribute To Daughter Born At 18 Weeks Who Lived For 15 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find the images in this article upsetting. A dad has shared a photo of himself cradling his daughter who was born at 18 weeks a...

The Minefield Of Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Well you never know what support, or lack of support, will be offered to you. You have no idea whether those around you will say helpful things or hurtful things, so as you are walking on this uncharted and terrifying path you are constantly waiting for a bomb to be detonated.

My Secret Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So those are my reasons. That is why I didn't tell anyone we had lost our first baby for quite some time, in fact it wasn't until we lost our third baby that we became much more open about our journey to have children.

Standards In Perinatal Bereavement Care: A Geographical Lottery?

Chantal Lockey | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Chantal Lockey

Over the years I have met with thousands of bereaved parents who never cease to shock me with their tales of horror and lack of support following the devastation that is the loss of a baby. In some trusts, stillborn babies are still being delivered in delivery suites to the sounds of babies crying, excited visitors arriving with bunches of flowers and congratulation balloons.

Grieving Mums Were Brought Together By This Heart-Shaped Necklace

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents

Two grieving mothers were brought together by a heart-shaped necklace, even though they were “complete strangers”. One of the mums, named PJ-Darl ...