A Bloxwich couple whose baby daughter was stillborn have been fundraising to help others trying to cope in similar sad circumstances.
Aimee Llewellyn and Lee Warren lost their daughter Skyla on 5 October 2018. They were supported at Walsall Manor Hospital by midwife Keira Cockerton, who has since taken on the role of Bereavement Midwife for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
“Keira was just there for us at the worst time of our lives,” explained Aimee, aged 27. “It’s not just the support around your baby being stillborn it’s all the things that follow too that need to be arranged.
“I hadn’t had any problems in my pregnancy and at six months had gone to my routine appointment with the midwife who couldn’t find a heartbeat. I was then rushed to hospital.
At the time I had Skyla there were others who had lost their babies too but everything is just a blur. I couldn’t bear the fact I was leaving hospital without my baby and that is so hard to try and understand.”
Aimee and her family wanted to say thank you for the support they had from Keira and other midwives and Lee’s mum Michelle and her friends set about making special items that other bereaved parents could find comfort in at such a distressing time. These include tiny sleep suits, blankets and hats.
And after raising more than £2,000 Aimee and Lee also bought a cuddle cot that allows grieving parents to spend extra, precious time with their stillborn babies.
“We hope that these things will help others going through what we went through,” said Aimee.
Keira added: “This is such a lovely, thoughtful gesture from Aimee and Lee after everything they’ve been through.”