Following successful IVF treatment, Nicola Callaghan went into labour at just 19 weeks pregnant and her baby, Hope, was born sleeping. The help and support she, her husband and family received from both the bereavement midwife service at the Trust and Tiny Tots wardrobe, prompted her to want to help others who find themselves in the same situation.
Through various fundraising activities Nicola, along with supportive family and friends, raised over £1000 which she used to buy the gifts. She received an additional donation from Tiny Tots Wardrobe for the Cuddle Cot - a cooling mattress that keeps the baby’s skin perfect for longer.
“When Hope was born it was as though we entered into a whole other world,” said Nicola. “We didn’t know anything about a special cot, which would enable us to spend precious time with her, to dress her, cuddle her, have casts of her hands and feet taken and just be with her. We wanted to give this opportunity to other parents.”
Nicola believes being able to do all of this made a huge difference to the way they are learning to live with the grief that the loss of a baby brings.
Helen Holland, Bereavement Support Midwife at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Nicola’s donation is so gratefully received and will make an enormous difference to other parents. Sadly, each month on the ward around 15 babies are miscarried, stillborn or don’t live long after birth, and as Nicola’s experience has shown, being able to make memories with your baby is part of the healing process.”
Nicola and her friend Shelley, are planning a sponsored tandem bike ride from Leeds to Liverpool, through which they hope to raise yet more funds for; A Little Bit of Hope (the charity set up by Nicola), Cruise (bereavement counselling) and Middleton Park Equestrian Center (RDA). You can make a donation through their crowdfunding page on Justgiving.com by searching for ‘Rebekah Lee’ (Shelley’s sister who is supporting the duo).