Mother Grieves After Giving Birth to Stillborn – Does This With Infant’s Body For 15 Days
Giving birth to a stillborn baby is perhaps one of the worst things a mother can be forced to go through. And when this mother had to get through a stillbirth, she found a unique way to say goodbye.
From the Daily Mail:
The last thing Lynsey Bell remembered before she was rushed into theatre was being given the devastating news that her baby would be stillborn.
Following a difficult pregnancy, the nursery nurse began haemorrhaging just minutes after doctors revealed baby Rory would not come into the world alive.
But, after plucking up the courage to hold Rory when she awoke from a coma two days later, Mrs Bell, 32, resolved to make the most of the short time she had with her little boy.
Over the next 15 days, nurses kept Rory in a cold room so Mrs Bell and her technical operative husband, Mark, 32, could see him as often as possible.
The grieving couple changed his nappy, rocked him in their arms, read him stories and bathed him to help grow a bond and say goodbye to their baby boy.
Last night Mrs Bell, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, admitted she was ‘scared’ to look at her son at first, but eventually realised she owed it to Rory to nurture him – like she would her other children – before his funeral.
‘Rory was my son,’ she said. ‘I needed to care for him, I needed to change his nappy and get to know him.
‘I drank in every perfect little feature of his body. I took photos of his face, the back of his head and his tiny fingers and toes. I changed his nappy and rocked him in my arms, and my bond grew and grew.
‘For 15 days as I recovered, we saw Rory as much as we wanted.
‘My only fear was letting him get too warm. I wanted to preserve my boy for as long as we possibly could.’
Mrs Bell said that, when it was time for her to be discharged from hospital, the couple visited Rory in the ward and later at the funeral home, before taking him home for the first and last time.
She added: ‘For one special night, we did everything we would have done during his first year.
‘We cuddled him in bed, we read him stories and we changed and bathed him. Our families came to say goodbye, each taking a turn for one last cuddle.’
It’s wonderful that these parents were able to spend this much time with their son before finally letting him go. They’ll have memories of this precious baby boy to last them a lifetime.