"When my son was stillborn, I couldn’t find anything to read about the mum’s personal experiences and what to expect... I needed something real, something I could relate to. It’s now been some time since my son passed away and I’m hoping by doing this families can find comfort that they are not alone and it’s okay." Hannah Pontillo
This is a list of blogs and social accounts from women who have suffered pregnancy loss/es or preterm birth. Most have worked with us to raise awareness and the importance of research in reducing loss.
All write movingly about their experiences of loss, life after loss and, in some cases, pregnancy and pregnancy/parenting after loss.
Legacy of Leo
Jess shares the story of Leo Phoenix, her son who was stillborn in 2016, and what followed his birth. She is passionate about raising awareness, supporting others and sharing the honest truth of fertility treatment, baby loss, stillbirth, miscarriage and pregnancy after loss. As well as blogging she is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
From the other chair
Michelle's daughter Orla was stillborn. As a clinical psychologist, Michelle talks openly and honestly about loss and mental health from both the personal and professional viewpoint. As well as blogging she is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Michelle has since had a rainbow baby and has written about issues around pregnancy and parenting after loss..
The uterus monologues
Jennie Agg is a writer and journalist and started her blog in 2017, writing about her experience of recurrent miscarriage.
One day of Winter
Nicola Gaskin lost her son Winter one day after his birth. She has since gone on to have a daughter. She has blogged about her loss as well as her following pregnancy and parenting after loss.
Feathering the empty nest
Elle Wright's son Teddy died 3 days after he was born. She writes about life after loss in her book 'Ask me his name' as well as in her blog and social accounts.
Laura Deadman Jones suffered 5 miscarriages in total before having her rainbow baby Ivy.
This is my brave face
Amy Campbell is a mother of twins, Charlotte and Esme who were both born on the 10th July 2016. Esme died on 30th August 2016.
Novelist Francesca Segal’s identical twin daughters were born 10 weeks prematurely – one weighing just 2lb, the other even less. This is her account of that first agonising month in neonatal intensive care
Hannah started her blog because when her son Dexy was stillborn. She wants to help others navigate life after loss as well as raising awareness of baby loss in the UK.
Tommy's Facebook support groups
Tommy's runs a general support group for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, neonatal death or termination for medical reasons: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tommysblsupport/?source_id=23965992328
We also run a pregnancy and parenting after loss support group through our Midwives on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/351266875799474/