Junior

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It is Mothers Day today. The ‘right’ day to begin writing. I am a Mum but today there will be no card or flowers. We had been trying for a baby for 4 years, this seemed a long time and in the end we really didn’t think about it and ‘it would happen when and if it happened’. I had … Read More

A Mother’s Story

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David’s death at 21 weeks was a real blow; it took 48 hours for me to give birth to the tiny little boy that I had already grown to love. Four pints of blood and quite a few painkillers later, I was discharged from hospital. Unlike the other mums, I had empty arms. The physical reminder, however, was still there. … Read More

Our First Child

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Anne and I were so happy when we first found out she was pregnant, we hugged and kissed and danced around the house. At first everything was fine, Anne wasn’t sick, she felt tired but was coping well, we went to the hospital together for her first scan which was great, there is something almost magical about seeing your baby … Read More

If Things Had Been Different

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15th September 1997 I had a telephone call tonight from my friend Diana, she lives in Aldershot – my home town – and I haven’t seen her since her 40th birthday party in July. We have been best friends since we were kids at school 27 years ago. We have shared a lot of laughter and tears over the years, … Read More

Alexander James

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It is hard to believe Alexander would have been three years old in September. To have had three years of parenthood, to have, I suppose, a little boy no longer a baby. Alexander will always be my baby, time has stood still for him. He came into this world and moved on within a day. We unfortunately could not move … Read More

So Lucky

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We decided it was time to have a family. What could be easier. So we started to project manage this development in our lives just as we managed projects every day at work. Matthew was conceived in April 1996, due for arrival in February 1997. The decorating schedule was duly drawn up. We had 9 months to decorate the whole … Read More

Alexander

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In two days time our little boy Alexander would have been six months old, and I now feel ready to share what happened to him. We have a little girl, Emily, who was three last weekend and we were all eagerly awaiting the birth of our second child in August 2000. Emily had been delivered by emergency caesarian as labour … Read More

A Hidden Life

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Nobody likes to contemplate that thirty-six and a half weeks of pregnancy could end in tragedy. I certainly would never have believed such a terrible thing could happen to me. I lived safely in the naive belief that such tragedies happened to other people and not me. I was about to have a rude awakening and I now realise that … Read More

Micky

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The ad caught my eye. I was flicking through a Copy of Time Out when I saw it ‘I Didn’t Think it Would Happen to Me!’. An acclaimed journalist was looking for volunteers to share their stories for a radio programme. Without thinking I began tapping away and soon my story was told. It was the first time I had … Read More

9 Years On

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April 13th will be the ninth anniversary of the birth (and death) of our son, Stephen. As with all the other anniversaries that have gone before, I find the build up to the actual day much harder than the day itself. It almost seems that the actual day has a special quality to it, a calmness and serenity I can’t … Read More