Fife mother out to help others deal with grief
Louise Humpington, who miscarried in 2015, designs commemorative pendants
A Fife mother who suffered the grief of losing a baby in 2015 has designed a range of jewellery to help others through the heartache.
Louise Humpington, who lives in Kinghorn, has created the items under her Leviko Designs label to remember babies who have been lost to miscarriage or stillbirth.
The Peas in a Pod pendants commemorate angel babies and celebrate the birth of rainbow babies–children born after “the storm” of a pregnancy loss.
Louise, whose pieces are sold around the world, hopes her jewellery will bring comfort to families and act as a talking point so people can open up about what they have been through.
She is donating 10% of the profits to Sands to support “an amazing charity” and its work with bereaved parents.
Louise revealed her experience as Baby Loss Awareness Week continues and just days before Monday’s National Wave of Light event, when candles are lit to remember lost babies.
She and husband Will were living and working in Papua New Guinea when she became pregnant.
“We had always planned to have children but it happened a bit sooner than we thought,” she said.
“While she was back in the UK on annual leave in 2015, she started bleeding and was devastated to learn her baby had died.
“I had to have surgery,” she said.
“Being away from my husband was very difficult. We were pretty shellshocked.”
The couple took the decision to try for another baby and she fell pregnant again soon after.
They are now proud parents of Isaac and Quinn, aged two and a half and almost one respectively.
Louise said they had been fortunate that miscarriage was a one-off for them.
“I know from speaking to a lot of women quite often it can be repeated,” she said.
“The emotions and turmoil you go through every single time is just heartbreaking, unbelievably heartbreaking.”
Having registered their own grief, they felt it was important to be open about it.
“We shared our story with our friends and family, and a number of people said it had happened to them as well,” Louise said.
She hopes her jewellery, which she trades on Etsy and at Sea Witch in Kinghorn, will help others to talk about their grief.
“I understand both the enormity of losing a child but also the stigma which surrounds talking about pregnancy and early infant loss,” she said.
“These pieces are designed to empower families to acknowledge their losses, to help normalise the narrative around miscarriage and still birth, and to help people on their healing journey.”
Louise Humpington and her son Isaac with an example of her work.