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5.0 out of 5 stars touching & moving!!, 10 Jun 2013
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I am a member of SANDS so felt encouraged to read this book!!
Our daughter was stillborn at 39 weeks due to Edwards Syndrome...
We have had 3 children since losing our daughter!!!
Well done to the families for sharing their stories!! Not an easy thing to so sometimes Xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read for both parents and professionals, 31 May 2013
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I read this book as a parent who has experienced pregnancy loss and also as a midwife who has a special interest in bereavement care. I saw this book mentioned in a SANDS newsletter I downloaded it and read it on my kindle.

I read it in one go and found it sensitively and beautifully written. The parents who shared their stories are so brave and I really felt honoured to read about their precious babies who had been lost at different stages of pregnancy and birth, including what happened to them afterwards and their experiences of support - both good and bad.

As a health professional I found reading about the care some of the families had received both reassuring where the parents felt that they had experienced good care but unfortunately in some cases, rather sad and disappointing when I read about families that had not had the same experience.

As a parent who has experienced pregnancy losses myself, I could identify with many of the feelings expressed by others and found it comforting to read the experiences, thoughts and feelings of others who have been through the same. Even though my experiences are not now recent, they never leave you and on several occasions I thought with relief... It's not just me that still thinks/does that!!!

For those supporting parents who have lost a baby, whether as a health professional or not, there is lots you can learn from reading about these real life experiences and also about the importance of the work of the agencies - such as SANDS, that support bereaved parents.

One of the things that really stood out for me was how its often so difficult to know what to say or do in this situation... or even whether to say anything.... (Please - always say something!! even if its 'I dont know what to say').

On the whole - a sad book ... but also a heartening read that also gives hope. I would highly recommend it and now it's available in hard copy I will most likely buy it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and Uplifting, 29 May 2013
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I have cried and smiled reading this book. Although my own story is included, which I obviously know so well, all the families featured are inspirational and amazingly strong people to share their experience and help such a wonderful Charity.

Well done Ben!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book full of hope, 21 May 2013
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This book tells such heartbreaking stories of loss, but more than that shows how indomitable the human spirit is when faced with unspeakable sadness. The families in this book have had the worst thrown at them but have been brave enough to speak out to help others on the same journey as them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for anyone affected, 11 May 2013
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If you are unfortunate enough to experience baby loss, I strongly recommend this book. After 3 early miscarriages and losing Oliver at 22 weeks, sometimes all you want to know is your feelings are 'Normal' but as it is so taboo, you find yourself keeping your feelings to your self or your partner. This books lets you into the worlds of others who have experienced the same pain, and makes you feel understood for me for the first time.
It does concentrate on the couples going on to have Rainbow babies to give people the support which will help those who decide to try again.
Big hugs to everyone affected x
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully touching tribute to all little ones loved and lost., 6 May 2013
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This book has been delicately put together with the true stories from 17 bereaved parents after the loss of their baby. This number represents the same amount of babies that are lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK DAILY.

Each story told captures the rollercoaster of emotions that parents face along the path of trying to recover from such a tragic event.

This is a touching tribute to all those babies who never had the chance to live the life that their parents had dreamt for them. This book is about heartache, hopes, fear, strength and most of all love.

As a bereaved parent myself, this book has bought me huge comfort to know I am not alone and that there can be light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Thank you to Ben Wakeling and all the parents who helped with this book to break the silence of child loss.
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