October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month and a time when we remember all our babies that have been lost. It’s a time to provide support, education and awareness for those who have been through the loss of embryos, a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or the loss of an infant.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15th, and kicks off baby loss awareness week. Too many families grieve in silence and never have the chance to heal through their loss. Last week I interviewed Jodie Matthews, a very special lady who is helping to change all this. Jodie’s son Hamish was stillborn on 10 September 2017 and in our interview Jodie shares her heartbreaking story. When Jodie lost Hamish she started her blog and shared her grief journey on www.iamstillborn.com
Jodie has also written an ebook to support other women navigating the life changing experience of baby loss.
Jodie is a shining light and has so much life experience, love and kindness to offer others on this journey. Join us in this interview as we discuss:
- Jodie’s journey of fertility challenges, to pregnancy, to losing Hamish, and finally conceiving again.
- Her healing journey after losing Hamish.
- Finding purpose after losing Hamish.
- Jodie’s advice for other women who’ve traveled a similar path.
Thank-you Jodie for the amazing work you are doing to bring education and awareness to what has previously been a very taboo topic. Thank-you for opening your heart and creating your beautiful blog and ebook to help other women on their healing journey.
Here is an extract from Navigating Baby Loss…
“I know your pain. No words can begin to describe what you’re feeling right now. No one can take that away – certainly not me. But I know a little of what you’re feeling.
I know right now you feel very alone, sitting there not knowing what will happen next. It feels like your heart has been shattered into a million pieces in one moment”
This book touched me so deeply to the core. As many of you know my sister also birthed a stillborn baby girl, Amelia. I will never forget the pain and grief that I watched my sister go through. I really believe this is a book that everyone would benefit from reading… to understand, to become aware of and to offer support where needed. Stigma around stillbirth intensifies parents’ grief, anxiety and depression and often makes the parents feel like they are unable to talk about their experience because it makes people feel uncomfortable…
THIS IS A STORY WE NEED TO CHANGE. Parents should be able to talk and share the grief they feel about losing their babies.
Did you know that 1 in every 137 women who reach 20 weeks’ gestation will have a stillborn child. We need to start the conversation and keep it going. Stillbirth is a tragedy that has huge emotional, psychological and social consequences for families.
To find out more, download your free copy of Navigating Baby Loss.
In this book Jodie shares her own Stillbirth story as well as the stories of some very brave and courageous parents. It took a lot for these stories to be shared and in these pages are precious memories of these parents angel babies that will be cherished forever.
Jodie is an inspiration to other mum’s who have lost their babies and would like to conceive again. With a bub due early 2019, she is living proof that ‘Anything Can Be’.
To connect with Jodie visit