We had a late stage termination

Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed?
Manchester, UK

Can you describe where your/the birth was?

In a hospital with my partner and a bereavement midwife. It was a large room with dimmed lights.

Who was present at your/the birth?
My partner and several bereavement midwives.

Can you describe the experience of giving birth or watching the birth?
My baby was 24 weeks old when we had a late stage termination due to a diagnosis of DiGeorges syndrome. Her heart was stopped earlier that day with an injection and then I was induced. After several hours of surges of pain, nausea, vomiting and crying our baby slipped out of me.
It was an incredibly traumatic experience emotionally but the bereavement midwives and the hospital were wonderful and made us feel incredibly cared for.

 

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