In this month’s edition of Essentially MIDIRS, two women give moving accounts of their experience of stillbirth. Here is a preview of the Editor’s introduction, which precedes both stories…
Learning from loss: remembering Rachel and Thomas by Kathy Kerslake & Samantha Parkinson.
In the April 2011 issue of Essentially MIDIRS, we published a ReView article that Julie Frohlich authored (Frohlich 2011). The article discussed the RCOG Green-top Guideline, Late intrauterine fetal death and stillbirth (Siassakos et al 2011).
Julie began her article with a story about a woman who lost her baby 50 years previously and did not receive the kind of care that the guideline advocates – a story that demonstrated the importance of the guideline’s content.
In the weeks after this article was published, both Julie and the Essentially MIDIRS office received more emails and comments than has been the case for any other article before or since. Most of the feedback we received was from women who had lost babies. Many were grateful for the guidance and for the sensitive way in which Julie discussed the issues, and it was apparent that all of them, like the woman in Julie’s story, vividly recalled everything that happened – and in particular the way in which they were treated by different people – years and decades after the birth of their baby.
Because we feel it is so important for us to hear and learn from these stories, we invited two women to share their experiences with us. I want to thank Kathy and Samantha for allowing us to publish their stories of Rachel and Thomas’ births, and Julie for continuing to highlight the importance of listening to women and providing sensitive, compassionate care because, as she concluded; ‘the care we provide will become an important component of each woman’s lifelong memories’ (Frohlich 2011).
- Frohlich J (2011). ReView: Late intrauterine death and stillbirth. Essentially MIDIRS 2(4):27-30.
- Siassakos D, Fox R, Draycott T et al (2010). Late intrauterine fetal death and stillbirth. London: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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