Each with a very different and equally painful story to tell, these mums have all suffered the heartbreaking deaths of their babies. Some of their babies died in the womb, others were born sleeping, and some lost theirs when they were just a few days, weeks or months old. But despite their unimaginable pain, which will never go away, these women have not only learned to live with their grief, but have come forward to volunteer at a charity which helps other parents who lose a child. Maggie, Grace, Eszti and Krysti are all volunteers are Hull Sands - the local branch of the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and for the first time, have publicly shared their own stories. WATCH: Sue Cooper, dedicated bereavement midwife at Hull Women and Children's hospital, talks about her heartbreaking job The women opened up about their own babies during baby loss awareness week on the Hull Sands Facebook page, and have proved how a mother's pain never stopped them living. Here they are, … [Read more...] about These women have all lost babies
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SAME-SEX couples or those who have trouble conceiving may consider surrogacy in order to start families of their own. But how does surrogacy work and what restrictions are placed on the process by UK law? What is surrogacy? Surrogacy is the name given for a type of pregnancy where a woman carries and gives birth to another person's baby. The surrogate mother is then expected to give up the baby at birth, so it can be raised by the couple who originally wanted the baby. Surrogacy is often an option for those unable to have children themselves, or for same sex couples. According to surrogacy charity Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy (COTS), there are two different types of surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy: When the surrogate uses her own egg fertilised with the intended father's sperm. Gestational surrogacy: The surrogate carries the intended parent's genetic child conceived through IVF, for which specialist doctors are needed. How are surrogate babies conceived? … [Read more...] about What is a surrogate and why did Kim Kardashian have one? What are UK surrogacy laws and who are COTS?
ONE OF the techniques used to help couples with fertility problems who are struggling to have a baby is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). But what does process involve and who qualifies for the treatment on the NHS? We've got the details you need... What is IVF? The process involves removing an egg from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising them using sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, also known as an embryo, is transferred back into a woman’s womb to grow. The process can use eggs and sperm from the couple themselves, or these can be sourced from a donor. How does IVF work? There are six main stages of IVF: Firstly the menstrual cycle will be suppressed with medication You will be given further medication to encourage your ovaries to produce more eggs Ultrasound scans will be given to check the development of your eggs and medication can be used to help the maturing process The eggs will be collected by a needle being inserted into the ovaries via the vagina Eggs are … [Read more...] about What is IVF, how does it work, what’s the in vitro fertilisation success rate and how much does fertility treatment cost?
PREGNANCY is no mean feat. A woman's body goes through huge change and faces new pressures - so it's hardly surprising you might notice bizarre side effects. While some might be a bit alarming, experts said it's important for women to understand what's normal and what's not - and seek help if they're worried. The important thing for any women to remember is, no matter how common she thinks symptoms are, speak to a midwife is anything unusual is happening, Val Willcox, from parenting charity NCT said. "If in doubt speak to your midwife because that’s what they are there for," she told The Sun. "It’s better to be reassured and told that something is absolutely normal than staying up all night fretting." Here, we reveal 14 bizarre things that happen when you're pregnant that you might not be expecting... 1. Your feet get bigger Most mums-to-be will know their feet might swell in pregnancy, but few realise they may actually get bigger. "Obviously things get bigger during … [Read more...] about From bigger feet to a blue vagina…14 weird side effects of being pregnant