52. Every parent’s nightmare
Miscarriage and stillbirth: minimising the risks and recognizing the signs.
When I was thirty-four weeks pregnant with my third child, Isobel, she stopped moving. When the doctor told me she had died, I felt frozen. I was living a nightmare.
I was to find out that stillbirth, which I had never really thought about, was not as rare as you might think. Now my work as director of a stillbirth charity brings me into contact with many parents who want an answer to the question: why me?
Before 24 weeks, if a baby dies in the womb it is called a miscarriage – and that happens in around 15% of known pregnancies. After 24 weeks, the death is called a stillbirth. Whatever loss your family experiences, it is devastating. ...