Stories – Baby Loss Awareness Week

Your Stories

Here you can read about the experiences of bereaved parents, family members and friends affected by pregnancy or baby loss.

 

We are very grateful to everyone who has shared their stories of loss with us and they help us to raise awareness of the issues surrounding pregnancy or baby loss, and also help other bereaved parents and families to feel less alone.

Sarah and James de Malplaquet's son Kit died on the 29th September 2017 when he was just 13 days old. HSV1 or herpes simplex type 1, the virus Kit died from, is the same virus which causes cold sores in adults. Sarah and James set up...

Our daughter Prem-Amour was born asleep on June 18th 2011. She was stillborn at 27 weeks. She suffered from growth restriction but we don’t know why. We joined the Sanskrit and French word for love and called her Prem-Amour because she filled our hearts with...

My daughter, Isabel, died at 4 months of age as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In 2012 the impossible happened…. well we thought it was impossible. Our day started out as an ordinary Monday and by 4pm we had lost our youngest child. Our...

Maria Gormley has organised a Ribbon Remembrance display for Baby Loss Awareness Week in Clacton-on-Sea in memory of her daughter Laura, who died shortly after birth, and would have turned 33 this year. Maria has written about how she began doing this in 2019 and some...

I'd heard about baby loss and I'd thought to myself how devastating it must be. You think about the parents and wonder if there is anything you could possibly say to help them or ease their pain, but you don't know. Then one day I...

Rowan experienced pregnancy loss through an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is where the pregnancy implants in a location that is not within the cavity of the womb. Sadly the pregnancy cannot be saved and it can be a life threatening condition for the woman or...

Amy and I had five miscarriages over a period of 18 months. That was easily one of the most difficult periods of our 16-year relationship. We met at university and, while I can’t speak for her, I remember almost immediately feeling like this was someone I...

Being only 5 when my sister died, my parents decided that my brother and I wouldn’t attend the funeral, we didn’t get the chance to say goodbye, if I am honest I’m not sure that I have ever really gotten over this fact. My sister’s...

Midwife Amina has shared some of her top tips on how she looks after herself and her team.​ Amina said: “On the ward, I work in a great team who are constantly making sure we're taking our break. We also have a volunteer wellbeing service who visit every day with a tea...

Sarah lost her baby boy 24 hours after his birth, 11 years ago, due to an inoperable heart condition. ​ She said: "Having also lost a parent (my mum died six years ago), the thing that is so challenging and life-limiting about losing a child, is the loss of a future in which...