According to the Office for National Statistics, there were over 3000 stillbirths in England and Wales in 2016. Despite this, a silence often surrounds the subject. Now Caroline R Poole writes an emotive memoir recounting her own stillbirth experience, setting out to offer readers a unique insight into the emotional impact of this tragedy.
When Caroline found out she was pregnant in 2009, she was overjoyed to learn that she was due to have a baby girl. But at the age of twenty, Caroline experienced complications which threatened not only her life, but that of her unborn daughter. Caroline had developed severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, which resulted in the stillbirth of her daughter, Olivia.
Exposing the harsh truth behind society’s approach to stillbirth and challenging the idea that parents should carry on as before, Caroline speaks out to raise awareness about stillbirth. She hopes that her book will reach out to other families living with the devastation of losing a child.