Book offers support
About one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth, and about one in six couples are unable to conceive.
Thousands of families in Rodney are affected.
Lynn Froud of Silverdale was unable to have any children and has contributed to the book ‘Baby Gone’ compiled by Jenny Douche.
The book has 45 true stories from around New Zealand.
Lynn was 25 when she married and wanted to have a baby straight away. But it was never going to be as easy as she first thought. She spent many years trying different ways to get pregnant, including IVF.
Lynn and her husband received some brilliant news when she was told she was pregnant after IVF. But she lost the baby two weeks later.
Lynn is now in her mid 40s, separated from her husband and has come to realise she will never conceive.
She shared her story in the Baby Gone book which includes other stories about losing babies, having stillborn babies and not being able to conceive.
The book was launched in Wellington last week by author Jenny Douche who was inspired to create this book after having a stillborn baby born at 30 week’s gestation.
‘‘After we lost James I desperately wanted to read stories from others who had been through something similar,’’ Jenny says.
‘‘The only books I could find were international journals or written many years ago and tended to end at the funeral. I wanted a support group in book form and also wanted other people to appreciate that conceiving and having a healthy baby cannot be taken for granted, and that for many being childless is not a choice.’’
Prior to creating this book Jenny created a series called ‘ Smarter than Jack’ – true stories about smart animals raising hundreds of thousands for animal charities around the world.
‘‘Many readers will be able to relate to the stories in Baby Gone. It will help them feel less alone and to see their grief is valid,’’ Jenny says.
Tells the stories about life after loss for the many New Zealanders affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and infertility. June 11 at the Hibiscus Coast Community Centre, 10am. Contact Tania on 423-8089 or rhysandtania11@ clear.net.nz for information. Recent Ministry of Health figures reveal that it costs $1121 a day to treat a patient in hospital for asthma. ‘‘This is just one of the many ways in which asthma costs dearly,’’ the Asthma Foundation’s president, Professor Ian Town says. ‘‘Of course, the worst thing is that so many people – children and adults – suffer with asthma. Asthma is the leading reason for hospital admissions in the under five age group in New Zealand. ‘‘It’s scary for the children, nerve wracking for their parents and we ask you to join us in keeping our kids out of hospital. We are asking New Zealanders who have children with asthma to make sure they use their preventer medication regularly and don’t just wait until their asthma is out of control to do something about it.’’
Baby Gone: Fertility NZ – the organisation helping people with fertility issues – is running a contact group to help put people with fertility issues in touch with one another. It’s on Tuesday evenings, June 14, 21 and 28 in Remuera and numbers are limited. Contact Kylie on 021 839 169 or email cg.fnzauckland@ gmail.com to register or for information.
Visit www.babygone.com for information and to purchase the book online.
Sands, an organisation supporting parents and families after the loss of a baby during pregnancy and beyond, has a support group meeting on