15 Aug Chantelle’s Story
I remember finding out I was pregnant. My first time, the excitement was just so overwhelming, and I was really excited to share the news with my family.
I had a great pregnancy. I remember times I would be in the bath. That was his favourite time as I would watch in amazement as my tummy would move as he would turn and kick.
I remember one day I didn’t feel right within myself and didn’t feel him kick, so I went to the hospital where they did the scan and confirmed there was no heartbeat.
My whole world had come crashing down. I was lost, confused and emotionally distraught.
My son was born stillborn on his estimated due date 1/12/05. There was no baby cry like I had hoped there would be.
I held him so close and dear to my heart, and so did my family. Saying goodbye was hard, emotions high, tears would always flow but God has kept me and seen me through my darkest days.
It never eases and I will never forget.
I have learnt to live with it each day.
Forever in my heart, my Elijah.
There are many organisations that offer support to anyone affected by pregnancy and baby loss.
Sands supports anyone affected by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby and works to save babies’ lives. Contact their Helpline via phone (0808 154 3332) or email, or visit their Support Groups online or via Zoom.
Petals is the baby loss counselling charity, offering free specialist counselling to women and partners who suffer psychological distress from trauma and grief related to pregnancy or baby loss. Click here for more information.