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ver the baby. duce her at 38 one – Joshua eek early. ly: “When he chest, it was eu­phoric. The joy and de­light of hold­ing him was amaz­ing.”

She pauses for a mo­ment and then adds: “The doc­tor scanned me be­fore de­liv­er­ing the sec­ond twin. We were told the baby wouldn’t look like a healthy baby as it had been some time since it died.”

The baby was named Grace. Kezia says: “It was so hard. I got very up­set but a car­ing mid­wife told me to look at Joshua and fo­cus on him. I had joy in my arms while griev­ing the loss of her.”

Grace was taken for tests but Fam­ily hug at fu­neral of Grace she was re­united with her par­ents for a pre­cious cud­dle.

Days later they had pho­tos taken of her wrapped in a blan­ket with Joshua. “That was spe­cial,” says Chris. Joshua is now 14 months and the cou­ple, both 37, say he is heal­ing balm for the soul – and was par­tic­u­larly so in those early days. They had Joshua dur­ing a four-year spell in Lon­don be­fore Chris & Kezia with beloved son Joshua

re­turn­ing to New Zealand, where they grew up. They still have Grace’s ashes. Chris says: “We feel she is still with us.”

They also have four re­main­ing IVF em­bryos. Kezia says: “We want more kids. And we will tell Joshua about Grace one day.

“I re­ally hope that by shar­ing our story, peo­ple will find it eas­ier to talk to some­one. I hope Child of Mine will raise aware­ness and get peo­ple talk­ing. It does help.”

Child of Mine is on Chan­nel 4, 10pm, on Thurs­day Mums-to-be can re­duce the risk of still­birth by fol­low­ing sen­si­ble guide­lines:

Go to all an­te­na­tal ap­point­ments Eat well, be ac­tive Stop smok­ing Don't drink al­co­hol Sleep on your side Tell your mid­wife if you use drugs Have the flu jab Avoid peo­ple who are ill Wash your hands Pre­pare and store food safely

Avoid some foods – see ad­vice on nhs.uk

WHAT A BOY

BYE, TREA­SURE

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