“Losing our son Beau, stillborn, born sleeping, it broke us, shaped us and changed us profoundly. Until we lost our sweet boy we had no idea how frequently this loss occurs, 6 babies a day, that is staggering. What we encountered in our grief was a lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding and a lack of openness to talk. Stillbirth loss is still such a taboo topic, but by speaking, by sharing, others can be given the platform to talk and, with time, a push and a drive for so many unanswered questions. Our hope is that with greater awareness by sharing our story, we can hope to prevent other expectant parents from experiencing the same heartbreaking loss and to offer support for those that tragically do.
For our child, our son, our perfect, beautiful baby boy, I love you, the pain I felt in losing you will never compare to love I feel, the love I carry for you.”
Beau, born sleeping 19/06/14.
Bree Amer-Wilkes and Evan Wilkes
“The stillbirth of our son Archie has had a profound effect on us. It has changed our lives and the lives of many people around us. Barely a moment goes by where we do not think of him and wonder what he would be doing, if he were in our arms right now rather than just our hearts.
Archie’s death was sadly preventable, as are many other stillbirths. We would like to do everything we possibly can through education and fundraising to stop other families experiencing this pain. For that reason, we are proud to be coming on board and joining the Stillbirth Foundation and the amazing work that it does.”
Archie Amer Wilkes 12/4/15
Cassie and Ryan Thistleton
“Stillbirth turned our lives into turmoil in the most unexpected ways. Today the pain still feels the same. It is a cruel and lonely path. Something went very wrong that day and we will never know why, however the unborn babies of our future do not need to bear the same fate. If science can now answer the questions of other planets millions of miles away, why can’t we answer the same old questions we have about our babies when they’re only millimetres beneath the skin? We pave the path for our children to have a brighter future. It’s time to shift the priority and ensure we’re doing all we can on this planet, to guarantee every expecting parent has a child to give that future to.”
Dex Gregory Thistleton 12/10/12
Lauren Malcolm and Shane Baggett
“We brought our second child into this world May 2015. Landon was perfect and while he was otherwise a healthy little boy, he was born without breath. He was stillborn. Sadly we’ve learnt that Landon was just 1 of 6 babies born without breath in Australia on that day.
The stillbirth of our son was not just an event that happened in our lives, it has been and continues to be an indescribable journey that we will never overcome. And while we can learn to accept Landon’s fate, we cannot sit back and allow more families to enter the travesty that rocked our world without re-educating society and lobbying for much needed funds for research.
If we can give money abroad so easily why is it so hard to prevent the deaths of our children, our hopes and our dreams? We have become strong advocates for stillbirth and are honoured to help create awareness in hope of reducing the incidence.”