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ALI­SON Whyte and hus­band Fred Whitlock (pic­tured be­low) have three chil­dren, Rose, Milly and At­ti­cus. They lost a daugh­ter, Stella, at 36 weeks’ ges­ta­tion.

Whyte and Whitlock knew they’d lost the baby be­fore the birth, but Whyte wanted Stella to have a ‘‘good birth’’ just like her sis­ters.

‘‘It’s some­thing we dis­cussed a lot (be­fore talk­ing openly about it),’’ Whyte says of Stella.

‘‘The thing is, I al­ways think of my­self as a proud mum of four even though I’ve only got three lit­tle ones here.

‘‘I al­ways have to cor­rect my­self and say ‘I’ve got three kids’.

‘‘It’s ob­vi­ously some­thing ma­jor in our lives. It’s one of those things that hap­pens to you and you just think it would never hap­pen to you. Un­for­tu­nately, it did hap­pen to me . . . sorry, to us, as a fam­ily.’’

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