Book of­fers sup­port

Asthma ad­vice

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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@ 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@ to reg­is­ter or for in­for­ma­tion.

Visit 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

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