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Surrey mum opens up about devastating stillbirth

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Surrey mum opens up about devastating stillbirth

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:56pm 6th October 2017. (Updated at 6:00am 9th October 2017)

A Surrey mum has opened up about giving birth to a stillborn baby at full term.

Eight years ago, Heidi Eldridge from New Haw was looking forward to the birth of her first baby, after she and her husband had battled to conceive.

At 37 weeks pregnant she made a routine visit to her midwife, who expressed concern she had not felt the baby move for some time.

Her world came crashing down around her - when she and her husband were told their yet-to-be-born son had died in the womb.

The news came as a complete shock: "When they told us, I kept stretching my eyelids out, just thinking I was going to wake up from this terrible, terrible nightmare.

"I thought - this cannot be true, it cannot be happening to me.

"I was just really naive, I just thought if there is a problem with the baby they'll just induce me there and then, they'll just deliver my baby early.

"I just never imagined in a million years that my baby could have possibly died."

Heidi said she only found out later her baby, Aidan James, was undersized, weighing just five pounds  - and that her pregnancy was high risk - because she had gestational diabetes.

She said she had not been warned of the risks, and the signs to look out for.

Heidi subsequently suffered a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy - but she is now mum to two children.

The loss of Aidan inspired her to set up a charity - Mama Academy - to inform expectant mums about the dangers and what to look out for.

As well as a website, the charity supplies some NHS Trusts with Wellbeing Wallets which are handed out to mums-to-be, and which Heidi said is helping to reduce stillbirth across the country.

Mama academy

Heidi told us she struggled to get over the tragedy: "Life was very difficult afterwards.

"You never fully get over the grief and loss of a child."

But she said establishing the charity helped - and that she regards: "It's a legacy to him, this charity's kind of my third child, if you like, it's my way of doing something for Aidan.

"If his little life can help save others, than it's all worth it."

it's my way of doing something for Aidan.

"If his little life can help save others, than it's all worth it."





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