Posts Tagged ‘bereavement’

Step in to a Patient's Shoes to Improve Communication

Effective communication with patients in any healthcare context is of the utmost importance. Sadly, providers so often don’t put enough thought into this aspect of care: during my journey I have experienced a litany of communication disasters that have added further distress and upset to the worst situation any parent could possibly imagine. The most serious of these communication disasters happened during […] Read more…

The Ways My Heart is Broken

My heart broke the moment I knew there was no more hope for Hugo. He had fought so hard for 35 days, had defied so many odds, won so many hearts. Hugo had been born early, far too early, and his lungs were not yet fully developed. There was nothing more that could be done, except show […] Read more…

HELLP syndrome: an acute condition with enduring impact

In mid-February 2014, I went to my routine 24 week community midwife appointment. I expected to out for about an hour, and carry on about the business of being pregnant. Little did I know, I wouldn’t return home for six weeks, and that appointment would change my life forever.  The midwife did the usual tests: my blood pressure is usually […] Read more…

Hugo’s Story

Hugo Christopher Dylan Parker was born at 11.19am on Thursday February 20, at St George’s Hospital, south London. He weighed just 420 grams. Hugo showed us that size isn’t necessarily equal to fighting spirit, or determination to live. I loved him from the moment I saw the line appear on the pregnancy test. Martin and I had been […] Read more…

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