Today is International Day of the Midwife - read Kate's story
Today is International Day of the Midwife.
Saint Mary's Hospital research supports woman like Kate who've
Kate received frequent monitoring and psychological support
through the Rainbow Clinic at Saint Mary's Hospital - and gave
birth to a healthy baby girl, after her son died following
Kate was referred to the Rainbow Clinic - a specialist clinic
for families who have experienced stillbirth - after her son Scott
died following complications in her first pregnancy.
son Scott died at 28 weeks following a premature birth. My husband
Neil and I had known for some time he was poorly. The doctors told
us he had congenital problems with his stomach and heart, so we
were braced for a difficult pregnancy, but then I suffered a
placental abruption, where the placenta separates from the lining
of the uterus, and had to have an emergency caesarean. He was born
far too early and far too ill to make it.
When I fell pregnant with Celia, we were overjoyed. A baby was
something we both desperately wanted, but after what happened last
time I couldn't help but feel afraid that something might go wrong.
It was such a relief when I was referred to the Rainbow Clinic
where I knew there was a specialist team who understood what we'd
been through and knew how it felt for me to face another
Some of my anxieties and fears were allayed immediately just
knowing I had that support, but I still struggled to feel reassured
the pregnancy would go well, especially after investigations at the
Rainbow Clinic confirmed there were issues with my placenta again.
I felt so anxious I couldn't wait for my next scan just to check
that everything was ok. But my doctor, Alex, and midwife, Suzanne,
had been through this before with hundreds of women in similar
situations and they knew exactly what to do to help me through my
I never went for more than two weeks without a scan and if I was
really worried about something I could come in for a heartbeat
check with Suzanne, arrange additional check-ups with Alex, or even
just phone up for a chat. When the clinic was closed on weekends
and in the evenings, the team made sure it was easy for me to go to
triage at Saint Mary's, especially around the 28 week mark, around
the time Scott died, which was a really difficult time for me.
They were great with Neil too. He really wanted to come to a lot
of my appointments because he had fears of his own, and not
necessarily the same ones as mine. With Scott's birth being such an
emergency, he hadn't made it there in time, so he worried that
would happen again, but they took the time to talk through his
When I left the hospital with Celia it was a really big
When I started at the Rainbow Clinic, I wasn't ever sure that
I'd walk out of the hospital with a baby, but as the weeks
progressed they started to make me believe that was possible.
On June 23rd 2014, I left Saint Mary's with a beautiful baby girl.
Celia's amazing, she's so happy and curious; she loves doing
everything - apart from sleeping! But after everything we've been
through, a few tired mornings could never take away from knowing
we're waking up to our own little family.
Watch Kate's experience:
Tommy's PregnancyLine, for expert advice: 0800 0147 800
Learn more about our research at Saint
Mary's Hospital and how you can
get involved in research.
About the Rainbow Clinic
The services delivered by the Rainbow Clinic are the result of
research into the treatment needs and desires of families who have
experienced stillbirth or neonatal death. At Saint Mary's, it has
reduced stillbirth rates by 19%. The Clinic continues to deliver
research into the causes of stillbirth with its aim to reduce
stillbirth rates even further.