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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2Rev Ed edition (11 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415252768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415252768
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This compassionate book offers insight and information for all parents whose babies have died, their families and friends, and professionals who care for them.

Every year in the UK over 10,000 babies die before birth or shortly afterwards. For the parents, the grief is hard to bear. In this book, parents who have lost a baby tell their stories. They speak about what happened, how they felt, how they have been helped by others and how they helped themselves.

Using letters from and interviews with many bereaved parents, Nancy Kohner and Alix Henley have written a book which offers understanding of what it means to lose a baby and the grief that follows. 'When a Baby Dies' also contains valuable information about why a baby dies, hospital practices, the process of grieving, sources of support, and the care parents need in future pregnancies.

'When a Baby Dies'is produced in co-operation with SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Nothing can take away the pain of losing a baby, but it can help parents to know that there are others who, in different ways, have been through – and survived – the experience.

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About the Author

Nancy Kohner is an established writer on health and social issues, and a consultant to the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society. She is the author of the Health Education Authority’s original Pregnancy Book and Birth to Five. She has been programme adviser for a number of BBC television programmes – including Having a Baby for which she wrote the bestselling book of the same title. She was the consultant for Jonathan Miller’s series Who Cares? and her book Caring At Home was requested by over 30,000 viewers.

Alix Henley is a freelance writer, researcher and consultant, specialising in health matters for Health Authorities and voluntary organisations. She co-wrote, with Nancy Kohner, the Professional Guidelines for SANDS.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
I read the previous version of this book the week after my baby died and it really helped to know there were other parents out there who had been through what I was experiencing - and more importantly that they had survived. Hearing the accounts of their baby's death in their own words and their experiences of grief made me feel much less isolated.
This new version is even better as it has up to date medical information about the possible causes of baby death (at all different stages of pregnancy and shortly after birth). This can be particularly important when thinking of a next pregnancy if you are lucky enough to be able to do this.
It helped me to work through "Why" my daughter died and to decide "When" and "If" I was brave enough to try again.
Please read it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By nana_anthony@hotmail.com on 10 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
As a first time mum who had a son stillborn earlier this year this book has been a life saver for me and my husband. I've read it over and over and there always seems to be something new and relevant to how I'm feeling on that day. Losing a child is possibly the worst thing to happen to anybody and even though people's sympathies are with you it is only by reading about other people's experiences that you don't feel so alone. It is thoughtful and not at all prescriptive. Everybody's grief is different and this book perfectly illustrates that. It has a good reference section on causes of stillbirth and gave me more information than my consultant! It is well balanced between practical issues like the funeral, stages of grieving and finally about trying for another baby so there is something for every stage that you will go through. I highly recommend it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "loopylyndalou" on 19 Nov 2003
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Should you or anyone you know be in the misfortunate sitation of having a baby die then this book is for you.
It not only covers how many people feel after their baby has died it also contains a lot of information which may be relevant. I like to say it is a very 'British' book, precise and too the point and not waffley overly sentimental as some other 'foreign' books can be.
My son was sadly stillborn in October 2002 and I have referred to this book many times in the last year and sadly have had reason to pass it on to others. It is my intention to raise money for our local hospital in order to purchase a number of copies of this book so that when a baby dies they will be able to give a copy of this book to the family as they leave the hospital.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KAREN GROWCOOT on 23 Mar 2006
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When we went for our checkup at 35 weeks, nothing could have prepared us for the shock of finding that our much loved and wanted son would have no heartbeat, and had died in the womb. Our world stopped!! There is so much to go through, organise and take in at a time like this, and so many people offering help and advise, but some people (like us) prefer to grieve in private and find it difficult to reach out and ask for that help.
Thank goodness for this book. It shares with you the real experiences of parents in this situation, what they went through at the time, their thoughts after a period of time and how they felt when looking back, there are also chapters on the grief and grieving process, and possible medical causes to what has happened when you constantly ask WHY? and was it my fault? At times, you feel that you could drown in your grief, it feels so raw and that you are alone and nobody understands the hurt inside, but this book shows that you are not alone, and reading other peoples personal experiences lets you know that your thoughts and feelings are perfectly normal and shared by others who have unfortunately been in the same situation.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I WOULD HAVE COPED AT TIMES WITHOUT THIS BOOK
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Nisbet on 20 Feb 2010
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My deepest sympathies to you if you are considering purchasing this book, as it likely means that you, or someone close to you, has experienced the tragic loss of a baby, either through stillbirth or neonatal death. The feelings of grief you experience upon such a tragedy are seemingly limitless, and the depths of despair to which you plummet know no boundaries. It is a truly frightening, desperately isolating, experience. The hope and joy you have felt turns to the deepest sense of sorrow and rawest pain. I am so very, very sorry that any loving parent or relative has to experience it at all, as it is totally incomprehensible to have to face losing such a precious gift.

My husband and I lost our first child, a baby daughter, just before Christmas. She was absolutely perfect, a beautiful little girl, much loved and longed for. We have travelled to the depths of hell and back again as we grieve for her. We have asked ourselves countless times if there was anything we could, or should, have done, what we could have possibly done to deserve this, amd why this fate has befallen us. We felt so lonely, so isolated in the pain we felt. I purchased this book in desperation, as I struggled to make some kind of sense of the worst time of my life. It is of some relief to find that you are not alone, that others, too, have experienced this nightmare and what's more, have survived it. They never forget it, and never, ever get over it, but they reach a point where life becomes more bearable, and has hope again. The book contains real parental accounts about the loss, the cycle of grief, and moving on - to whatever degree that is possible.
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