How to cope after

Dur­ing Baby Loss Aware­ness Week, Ni­cola Gaskin, who lost a baby son and had two mis­car­riages, tells LISA SALMON about life after such a be­reave­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FAMILY MATTERS -

EV­ERY year, thou­sands of peo­ple in the UK are af­fected by the death of a baby or ex­pe­ri­ence preg­nancy loss – one in four women lose their baby dur­ing preg­nancy, birth or soon after.

To ac­knowl­edge this, a col­lab­o­ra­tion of more than 60 char­i­ties runs Baby Loss Aware­ness Week (Oc­to­ber 9-15) to help raise aware­ness of what these par­ents and fam­i­lies are go­ing through.

Ni­cola Gaskin knows only too well the pain of los­ing a baby, both be­fore and after birth. She lost her son, Win­ter, the day after he was born, and went on to have two mis­car­riages be­fore fi­nally giv­ing birth to a healthy baby daugh­ter, Raven, now aged one.

Ni­cola, 33, be­gan record­ing her jour­ney since her preg­nancy with Win­ter on her blog One Day of Win­ter ( she’s now writ­ten the book

(Ver­mil­ion, £9.99) to help other be­reaved par­ents and fam­i­lies nav­i­gate the huge range of in­tense emo­tions that come with the death of a baby.

Here she dis­cusses ways to help par­ents cope bet­ter after the loss of a baby. and

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