Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. On October 12th 2016, me and my partner Steven lost our little girl Avery Grace Chidgey at 28 weeks. Thinking we had the world at our feet, our happiness was flipped upside down in the blink of an eye
When we first lost our little angel, we thought we were the only ones in the world, and we were being punished. However, the reality is far from that and actually the figures are quite shocking: 1 in 200 babies are stillborn, that’s 3600 babies lost every year … and to put that in perspective that’s 11 a day! So why did I feel so alone? Probably because it’s not widely talked about, I scoured the internet for stories/ forums, but there was just limited resource online from parents who have been through the heartache themselves.
Losing a baby is a rollercoaster of emotions and each day is a new battle, but I’ve found writing down my experiences is helping me get through it. As a writer, it seemed natural for me to splurge my emotions onto paper – my words are very real, there’s no BS – just raw feelings and an honest account of learning to live my life without Avery.
I hope by sharing my stories I empower other couples to speak out and raise awareness of the wonderful charities, medical professionals and foundations who work tirelessly to prevent stillbirth in the future. More than anything I want to offer support in letting others know they’re not alone. There’s a reason Avery was taken from me and I hope this blog is part of that reason, because if she’s helping others through my experience, then she’s already making her mark on the world.