Day 35

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Thank you Hamish for allowing me to share you with the world. I know you came to me so I could spread the awareness of stillbirth. I know you will continue to walk the path with me to help break the taboo and silence around stillbirth. 

6 babies in Australia each day are stillborn, that is 6 too many. Some are healthy babies that could have been saved. There is evidence that counting the kicks and pregnant women having a better understanding of how they can monitor foetal movements can saves lives. I wish for every pregnant woman to know how to monitor movements. I wish for every pregnant woman to be able to speak up and have the right medical care when needed. I wish for each woman to feel empowered during their pregnancy. I wish for every pregnant woman to trust and follow her intuition.

There are many things to come and I can already see how Hamish has changed so many lives. I know this will continue forever. He was here for 9 months but his legacy will last more than a lifetime. He picked me for a reason. He knew I would have the strength to speak up. He knew I could handle this. While my heart is breaking I know I can always honour my little boy. I shared the photo above on Facebook of Hamish today and photos of the remembrance walk that we did with other Angel mums and dads this afternoon. Today was international pregnancy and infant loss day. Around the world we not only remember the little ones gone too soon but also spread awareness that stillbirth, miscarriage and infant loss matters. It shouldn’t be a taboo subject where mothers and fathers suffer in silence.

Hamish I will continue to listen to you. I will always be here for you as your loving Mum. You can talk to me any time and I will hear you.

p.s. If you want to know more about stillbirth please have a look at these links:

http://stillbirthfoundation.org.au/stillbirth/

http://stillbirthfoundation.org.au/prevention/

http://www.mamamia.com.au/pregnancy-loss-grief-support/

http://www.bearsofhope.org.au/a/276.html

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/09/stillbirths-very-private-grief-parents-breaking-taboo

 

Author: Jodie Matthews

I am a mother, writer, mindful money coach, minimalist and many other things. I love mother nature. I am happiest when I am floating in the ocean. I am a keen traveller and love to explore and discover new places. You can connect with me further on instagram at @jodieleannematthews

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