Fife mother out to help oth­ers deal with grief

Louise Hump­ing­ton, who mis­car­ried in 2015, de­signs com­mem­o­ra­tive pen­dants

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - LEEZA CLARK leclark@the­courier.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture:s Steve MacDougall.

Louise Hump­ing­ton and her son Isaac with an ex­am­ple of her work.

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