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On the 26th June 2019, we sadly lost one of our twin boys from neonatal death, our baby Jaxx died in my arms just an hour after entering the world. I had a very stressful pregnancy as I was told different things at each scan and in the end I was told I just had to wait until they were born to see what happened. Jaxx had low amniotic fluid due to a kidney problem called MCDK which meant his lungs weren’t developed as well as they needed to be and there was no way he could of survived.
While dealing with this heart break I was lucky enough to be given my own room and space to ensure as a family we could spend time with our Jaxx. I was allowed to have someone stay with me each night I was in hospital and visitors at any time. I know due to the limited space at the women’s hospital this isn’t the case for some parents who have lost a baby and in some cases they are put onto wards with new mothers and their babies which I can imagine would be torture after losing your own. Having my own room meant that baby Jaxx could stay with me in a cold cot the whole time I was in hospital and this was extra special to me as it meant my twin boys got to spend some time together.
We are doing this to try and raise as much as we can to help build the woodlands house as this will help a lot of parents who have to go through this heart break in the future. On the 28th of September 2019 between 40-50 people, including myself, family members and friends will be climbing the mount Snowdon in memory of our baby Jaxx to try and reach our goal which will be put towards the woodlands house.
The hospital cares for over 2,000 grieving mums and dads every year who may have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.Every loss is a devastating and uniquely personal experience, but at the moment the space in which our expert bereavement midwives have to hold heartbreaking conversations doesnt reflect the significance of each familys loss.News is delivered in cramped quiet rooms, often on the maternity ward or in busy outpatient areas, and our patients repeatedly speak of feeling rushed and of having nowhere to go after receiving devastating news.Woodland House will change this. It will be a brand-new, purpose-built, centre away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital, where families can spend time together in safe, secure and serene surroundings before they feel ready to face the world again.We need to raise £3.5million to make Woodland House a reality.