Tommy's guest blog, Laura 23/02/2017
Suzie is our first child and is now just over 1 and a half. About a year ago we found out we were expecting again, Suzie was seven months, we were surprised, daunted at the thought of having two so close together but overall we were happy.
On Sunday 6th March 2016 our world fell apart, at 2:30 in the afternoon I began to miscarry.
My husband rang an ambulance, but they were so stretched and having asked me a series of questions and deducing that I wasn't in any imminent danger asked us to make our own way to hospital.On arrival, sadly, we had a terrible experience in A & E, I felt as though because I wasn't physically ill or injured I could wait.
I was told "there's not much we can do, you'll probably have to come back tomorrow for a scan" and was sent back into the waiting room.
Then about 15 minutes later I was told "you're in luck" (I didn't feel very lucky) "there are doctors working on the ward you need so you can have your scan today".
I was wheeled down to the ward and left in a dimly lit corridor with my husband. About hour and a half later we were finally seen by a lovely nurse who gave me some fresh underwear so I no longer had to sit in blood and was very kind to us, to be honest she was the first member of staff to be kind, having been at the hospital for about two and a half hours at this point.
After a bit more waiting, which I didn't mind so much as we had some privacy and I felt a bit more comfortable, we were seen by a doctor who gave me an internal scan.
We were a week away from having our planned first scan and that moment looking at a blank screen was the worst of my life.
We actually were fortunate in the sense that Mother Nature had done her job properly, which meant I didn't need a procedure. However because our pregnancy had been of 'unknown' location I had to visit hospital every other day for about 10 days to have blood tests to ensure my pregnancy hormones dropped to zero.
That week Tommy's was in the news for pledging funds to research into 'multiple miscarriage'. Hopefully we won't be one of the families to suffer that sadness.
I decided to run the Great South Run to raise money for Tommy's and found it a lovely way to remember our lost baby.
Owen, co-author of parenting blog 'Love amongst the stars' opens up about navigating the emotions he felt after the loss of his son Kaspar.
Here at Tommy's we are fortunate to have a number of supporters who go above and beyond to help us continue our lifesaving research. One of these such individuals is Fran and this is her story.
"I truly feel without the support of the EPU and the peace of mind given to us through the Tommy's study we would not be where we are today."
Little Anderson was born under the care of the Tommy's Early Miscarriage Research Centre at London Imperial.