Every day in the UK, 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth. Behind each one is a family rocked to the foundations by the death of their baby. Many parents who have suffered such a terrible tragedy do go on to have more children - but this brings with it a mixture of emotions: relief, happiness, anxiety...even fear. It is a time of nervous expectation, with some parents saying they 'held their breath' for nine months. 'How I Came To Hold You' tells the powerful real-life stories of seventeen families, each of whom has experienced the heartbreaking death of their child and then taken the step of becoming pregnant again. Their inspirational stories give a unique insight into the hearts and minds of these parents as they recollect the darkest days of their lives, how they came to the decision to try for another baby, and the challenges and emotions they experienced when expecting once again. These stories will hopefully provide other parents embarking on a pregnancy after the death of their baby with advice, support, inspiration and encouragement.
Every copy sold raises valuable funds for Sands - the stillbirth and neonatal death charity - which works tirelessly to support bereaved parents, to improve the care that parents and their families receive following the death of their baby, and promote and fund research that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives.