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"No Name Was Good Enough For The Princess We'd Never Meet."

Being a mother. something I'd dreamt about what felt like my entire life. I am absolutely baby obsessed and couldn't wait until it was my time.

I stopped my pill in August, under the impression that having been on it since I was 14 (I'm now 30), it would take a while to get out of my system. We were "careful" after that, wanting to wait a couple of months to try to time it with the school holidays - a September baby would be great for work! Still, October came and there was that beautiful *2-3 weeks* writing on the pregnancy test.

At 10 weeks, I had a massive bleed and ended up in A&E. I was absolutely dreading the worst but after a 4-hour wait, a scan, and a checkup the following day, the baby was moving away with a perfect little heartbeat. There was no *reason* for the bleed and they sent me on my way.

Things were plain sailing from there, the only thing affecting me was the lack of sleep. Until 17 weeks. Another bleed. Panic again! We rang the Midwife again and were told we could go to A&E. We decided last time as there wasn't anything they did last time, we waited it out and the bleeding was gone as quick as it happened so the panic was over. I could feel little kicks and much better.

At 18+2, our lives changed forever. Working from home, I was sat on the sofa and felt what I thought was another bleed. I rushed upstairs to discover a different substance in my pad. I knew then something really wasn't right. The midwife couldn't work out what it was but ordered me into the labour suite to get checked out. My fiancé rushed back from work

and we headed straight to the hospital. We were met by a lovely midwife and taken into a delivery room. From there, after investigations of my pad, I had test after test and swab after swab. The midwife looked disappointed after she realised the swab she'd been so hopeful to see a "negative" on was looking more and more "positive". My waters. They had broken. And that was it, the start of the most horrific few months of our lives.

A few hours later after more results and scans, we had around 3 consultants come in at different points in the evening to tell us that there was nothing more we could do and our baby would need to be brought into the world too early.

My infection markers were up and they were worried I would develop sepsis. We decided that we wanted it "over and done with" as soon as possible and discussed with the midwife to get us started on the medication. With that, a further consultant came in around midnight and explained she wanted us to wait, my infection wasn't that bad and we could wait a few days to get our heads around things.

We stayed overnight and were sent home the following day. I couldn't let my baby go now, knowing that there was some tiny glimmer of hope that our baby could survive.

My waters could regenerate and they would be ok.

We spent the next 3 weeks in and out of the hospital, blood tests, scans, antibiotics... It was relentless. Only after 3 weeks would we know if our baby would have any chance of surviving.

The day of our 20-week scan I was absolutely terrified. The other scans I hadn't been, but this felt more like a big deal. With 0 fluid, they struggled so much to get any measurements at all. Any they did get showed the baby was off the lower end of the percentile range for size at 20 weeks. They hadn't grown at all. And now they weren't moving...

I went home and balled my eyes out.

The realization of saying goodbye to my baby was finally setting in.

2 days later, we had our final consultant appointment.

He scanned us and showed no change. This was it.

We had to say goodbye to our baby. We'd take the medication, sign the forms and come back 2 days later to have an induction. Our baby girl was brought into the world on 14.02.2021 at a tiny 8oz and only 23cm long.

We decided we wouldn't meet her,

We'd had enough upset and didn't want our lasting memory to be that of something traumatising.

We have her foot and handprints displayed in our lounge.

My placenta didn't come naturally and was removed in surgery - only to have further surgery on multiple occasions to get leftover pieces!

We had to wait a few weeks to actually find out we'd had a daughter due to her small size.

We love her very much.

We couldn't name her - no name was good enough for the princess we would never meet.


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