In an article published in Women’s Agenda, Rebecca tells her and her husband Tahl’s story of losing their baby girl, Eden, in 2019. She describes how, a month after returning home from hospital, she started to reflect on her experience
“I thought about all the things that I had been through, from diagnosis, to delivery, to burial. The systems, the hospitals, the care. The nurses, the midwives, the doctors. The paperwork, the specialists, the appointments. The list goes on.
“I sent an email to the head midwife at the hospital with some of my thoughts on what might be helpful to other women and families who were going through the same thing. We were in so much shock before going to hospital, we did not know the questions to ask, or the things to think about.”
Having recently connected with the Stillbirth Foundation, Rebecca says she had the opportunity to read a new publication, scheduled to be released in November 2021, called ‘Guiding Conversations (With Your Healthcare Team When Your Baby Dies)’.
“Seeing that so many of the points in my email were reflected in these guidelines shows that my experience, unfortunately, is not an exception or an anomaly. But it also reassures me that work is being done to help improve the care that is given to women and families who experience stillbirth.”
To read Rebecca’s story, click here.
To read more about the Stillbirth Foundation of Australia, click here.