SANDS have helped us in so many ways and I am aware that those who are lucky enough to have not needed their support may not fully understand the breadth and depth of their work and why they are such a special charity. In our last few days of Andy’s epic cycling challenge across the US, I wanted to take some time to say just why we are raising money for this amazing organisation.
So, what have SANDS done for us?
- They helped us to understand what had happened and how to make decisions about our baby
When we found out that Orla had died, the induction process was started and we were trapped in the labour ward for almost two days. Induced labour can be long and painful – add to that knowing that the baby you are delivering will never even open their eyes and you can imagine that this time is excruciating in terms of emotional pain. There is so much time to think that it can really push you to the edge.
During those initial hours, when the contractions were slowly building and I was able to talk, we were given a bereavement pack by our midwife who went through the information with us. This gave us a wealth of information regarding what to expect and next steps following Orla’s birth. At a time when you should be getting excited to meet your new baby and finding out their gender, whether they have hair and who they look like, imagine instead having to make the most difficult decisions of your life. Without the information given to us by SANDS, I honestly don’t know how we would have coped: Continue Reading