Our beautiful daughter, Evalyn, was stillborn on the 8th November 2016 and in the months that have followed I have found it hard to find stories from parents who have found themselves going through a similar experience. Finding myself in a new, unfamiliar world, I longed to find a bit of familiarity with somebody who could say, “Yes! That’s me! I understand your pain.”
I told myself that I would tell Evalyn’s story and document my own journey so that someone out there could say, “Yes! That’s me! She understands my pain”.
I have not started this blog to scare anybody, only to raise awareness. Stillbirth and Neonatal Death is still such a taboo subject and it shouldn’t be. As parents, we shouldn’t have to worry about making people feel awkward by talking about our children. And more importantly, we shouldn’t have to feel alone.To the people who read these words, who have also loved and lost – you are not alone. We may find ourselves living in a lonely, in-between world, but we are not alone.
I hope that one day we can raise awareness together and give all babies lost, at any stage of pregnancy, the voice they never had.
This blog follows my journey. The sadness, the joys, the ups, downs and all the bits in-between.
This is life After Evalyn.