Life After…Losing Robin

This week’s Life After…story comes from the wonderful Rosey. You may know Rosey as the creator of #PNDHour on Twitter, the peer and professional support network that helps women (and men) get through a host of emotional and psychological issues related to pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

Rosey is a mother of three young children, and experienced antenatal and postnatal depression all three times.

A few months ago Rosey confided that she had recently lost a baby who she called Robin and I sent her lots of supportive love and hugs. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the nature of Rosey’s loss, and my supportive love and hugs remained.

Ending a pregnancy can never be an easy decision, especially when it is for reasons beyond your control. I hope you will join me in sharing lots of respect, love and hugs to Rosey for having the bravery to share this beautiful letter to Robin.

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Robin

My dear Robin

Almost a year ago now I had to say goodbye to you, it was without a doubt the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make but just because I chose to say goodbye doesn’t make losing you any easier, a part of my heart went with you but at the same time a part of you has stayed with me.

I can’t stand the words ‘Abortion’ or ‘Termination’ they are such harsh words for such a heartbreaking decision, I lost you it’s that simple. I lost a future son or daughter, I lost experiencing breastfeeding again, I lost loving another child as much as I love your sister and brothers. I lost being a mum again. I lost you.

I wish beyond measure that I didn’t have to say goodbye but it was the kindest thing I could have done for you. If I’d survived being pregnant again I wouldn’t have been a happy mum, I would have struggled to take care of you and siblings because when I become a mum I get the unwanted gift of depression and it takes over me and makes everything really hard and sometimes it makes me suicidal.

Some people don’t understand how anyone can chose to say goodbye to a child but you are with me every day in spirit, guiding me, reassuring me that I’m doing my best, you’re helping me be a better mum, I named you Robin because I didn’t know your gender and now whenever I see a robin I like to think it’s you popping by to say hello and checking up on us all.

You’ve taught me more about compassion and understanding for other women who go through the same thing, it is heartbreaking saying goodbye. I’ve grieved for you, I cried every day for months when I lost you and it took me a long time to realise that it was ok to grieve even though I had ‘chosen’ to say goodbye to you.

I know I made the right chose for you, it was probably the most selfless decision I’ve ever made. I hope I can find the courage to keep telling people about you because I’m not ashamed of you or the choice I made but often mums who make this choice are made to feel like we have done something wrong, that we are bad people but what we are is brave and strong because we chose to say goodbye to a part of us forever even though it hurts our hearts to do so.

Thank you for helping me see life in different ways, although it’s been a tough year since I lost you, I’ve learnt a lot, most of all that I can find strength I didn’t know I had when I felt I had nothing left.

I will always carry you in my heart Robin.

Mummy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Comments on Life After…Losing Robin

  1. jasmine shei
    June 18, 2015 at 1:19 am (2 years ago)

    Only the brave ones make the hard decision. You are one of them. Sorry about Robin.

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  2. pollymixtures
    June 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I admire you for your strength being able to write so openly about such a difficult subject. I’m sure that you’ve helped a lot of women in the process. Take care x

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  3. Astrid
    June 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Rosey, I am so sorry for your loss. It must be especially sad because you had to make the decision ot say goodbye to Robin. Years ago, when I was still anti-abortion, I might’ve been judgmental. I try not to be now. Now that I’ve never been pregnant, I say I would never choose to say goodbye to an unborn baby, but the reality is I face similar issues to you. Only my severe mental health problems are not related to pregnancy. If I were to fall pregnant, it may be the best decision that I say goodbye to the baby too. The last thing I’d need in that case would be another person judging me. I cannot say I empathize with your situation, as I’ve never been pregnant, but I sure sympathize with you. Sending safe hugs and healing thoughts. I hope you can take your time to process the feelings that come with this loss.

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  4. Hannah Budding Smiles
    June 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm (2 years ago)

    So sorry Rosey, what an incredibly difficult decision but you know in your heart it was the right one. Your little Robin will fly high yet never leave your heart and soul xx

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  5. Kim Carberry
    June 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so sorry Rosey…..Such a beautiful and brave post to write!
    Thinking of you and sending love x

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  6. kathrynfionagrant
    June 16, 2015 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Rosey – what an amazing letter, and it’s clear how big an impact little Robin had and continues to have. You made the hardest decision possible, but for good reasons. You are an incredible mummy and person. Love and hugs Kxx

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  7. mrshsfavouritethings
    June 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Rosey, this is an amazing post. It must have been so hard to write. Depression takes over so many areas of our life. It consumes and destroys. Losing Robin is heart-breaking. No matter what the circumstances. This post will help so many women faced with a similar decision. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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  8. Littleoandme
    June 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Such an incredibly honest post. I am so sorry for your loss Rosey. I admire you and think you are beyond strong.
    Xx

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  9. Amber
    June 16, 2015 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    Oh, Rosey, I’m so sorry for your loss. Abortion is rarely an easy choice; it sounds as though you made the decision that was best for you and for your family at the time, but that doesn’t stop it being a painful experience. x

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