I’m Chris, and I’m Henry’s daddy. Henry was stillborn at 38 weeks on 2nd May, 2014, after a trouble-free pregnancy.
Since Henry’s death, my wife Briony and I have become heavily involved in charity work with our local baby loss charity in Harrogate, Our Angels, to try and improve the care provided to bereaved parents and the maternity professionals that support them. We’re also working to raise awareness of the issues surrounding stillbirth so that expectant parents are better educated, which should help reduce the stillbirth rate.
Parents need to know they have support when they suffer this most devastating of losses. Professionals need to know they can get support to improve their ability to help these families. Most of all, both parents-to-be and professionals need help to try and prevent these tragedies from happening in the first place.
I’ve set this blog up, just over three years after our son died, to try and chart this journey a bit more, to share what we’re involved in and what we’re learning along the way – as activists for stillbirth reduction and, more importantly, as parents feeling our way through this most unconventional of parenting journeys.
I hope this blog will offer an insight for professionals, parents, and anyone who’s in contact with people who are on this journey. Maybe, just maybe, it can give people some ideas about how to help, and give other parents in similar positions some hope and some solace in the knowledge that you’re not alone on your journey, however isolating it may feel.