As part of Sands 40th anniversary, we have collected 40 stories by 40 parents, family members and friends affected by the death of a baby, helping them cope and feel less isolated in their grief. These stories are powerful in helping us end the taboo of talking about baby loss and raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal deaths. Discover 40 stories for #Sands40
Lauren and I lost our beautiful little angel Benjamin in April 2016. It was all very sudden.
One day we thought everything was fine. But we went for a late scan at 36 weeks just to make sure everything was OK as Lauren was poorly.
From this moment we were given the shocking and devastating news.
The following day our baby was born sleeping at home in a very intimate and very emotional moment with just myself and Lauren there.
It's something you never think will happen to you. But it did.
We have kept this story rather private, but we wanted to remember Benjamin like the angel he is. So Lauren and I took part in a Santa fun run and raised over £1,800 to help other people who have or are in the same situation as we were.
Sands was amazing and was there for us, to help us not only deal with our loss, but to help us remember him too.
Benjamin was a small angel that had a big impact in lots of people’s lives.
Sadly 1 in 4 pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage or stillbirth. This means every 90 minutes a family experiences this devastating tragedy.
We want to reduce this number, but we need your help.