Miscarriage heartache spurs mum on to help others

Katy Quinn and her children Joshua and Caitlin at the grave of her babies.
Katy Quinn and her children Joshua and Caitlin at the grave of her babies.

A mum-of-two has told how her family’s miscarriage heartache spurred her into pledging to raise enough money for hospital chiefs to buy medical equipment for other bereaved mothers.

Katy Quinn lost twin girls Hope and Faith at 24 weeks in 2006, and a son named Andrew at 18-and-a-half weeks in March this year.

For the 41-year-old, the sight of new parents leaving hospital with their newborns while she was desperately trying to come to terms with her loss was almost too much to bear.

So she’s now bidding to raise £10,000 to buy a new scanner for Whiston Hospital - to be used away from the maternity unit.

She said: “The last thing you want to do when you lose a child is to walk out of the hospital with someone else’s newborn baby next to you. Even the exposure to other pregnant women can be hard to handle at that stage.

“On both occasions after I gave birth to my babies I was readmitted to hospital and required scans in the ante natal clinic to diagnose a problem.

“Coping with the loss of a baby is extremely difficult, but often what happens during the loss is equally traumatic.

“Women regularly give birth to still-babies in labour wards alongside healthy newborns and walk out of the same doors as those holding their precious bundles, balloons and gifts.

“That’s why I’d love to raise enough money for a scanner to be used independently of the birthing unit.”

In 2006, Mrs Quinn’s twin daughters Hope and Faith were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome following her 20-week scan.

Tragically, neither daughter made it beyond 24 weeks and both were still-born.

Mrs Quinn, of Newton-le-Willows, then gave birth to two happy and healthy babies - Joshua, now four, and Caitlin, two.

But earlier this year she suffered further heartache when her son, Andrew, was diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome and died at just 18-and-a-half weeks.

She has since set up the Baby Loss Foundation charity in a bid to make a difference for other grieving parents.

She added: “After Andrew died I realised I could either walk away from the experience or choose to do something about it. I chose the latter.

“I’ve already met with the bosses at Whiston’s maternity unit and they’re really open to any ideas that will help bereaved mothers cope with their loss.”

The Baby Loss Foundation’s first fundraising event, a cake and fizz evening, is set to be held at Newton-le-Willows Sports and Cricket Club on October 10.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance by contacting one of the fundraising team on info@babylossfoundation.co.uk

A Facebook page has also been set up at www.facebook.com/babylossfoundation and you can follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/babylossfou