In the early hours of Thursday 11 February, at 31 weeks and 4 days, Flora stopped moving and we were told the devastating news that there was no heartbeat. On Sunday 14 February, Valentine’s Day at 7.34pm, Flora was born sleeping.
I didn’t know that the Royal Berks Hospital had a maternity bereavement team, but on that day I was glad they were there. Hayley and Louise, bereavement midwives were with us through the whole process, answering all of our many questions and ensuring we were given the time and space to be new parents to our daughter.
We spent 24 hours with Flora. She was so delicate and tiny we were scared to touch her in case we hurt her, but the bereavement team were wonderful in helping us to hold her and I was able to enjoy being a mum even if it was only for a short time