Vikki was 32 and in her third pregnancy she discovered at the 20 week scan that her baby had no heartbeat and had died. She gave birth a few days later. Vikki was 34 weeks pregnant with her fourth child at the interview.
Vikki became pregnant for the third time, when her two daughters were 4 and 2 years old. Everything was progressing well at the 12 week scan, but at the 20 week scan Vikki discovered her baby did not have a heartbeat and she was told her baby had died. She found it was particularly difficult leaving the hospital and going home to tell her other children. Vikki returned to hospital two days later to be induced and gave birth in a bereavement suite. She found the midwives were particularly caring during the birth but she felt her care after the birth to be poor. Vikki had no follow-up appointment with a midwife after the death of her baby and had to wait over two months for her baby’s funeral to be organised.
Vikki found support from a friend who had also lost a baby at a similar time. She introduced her to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which Vikki has found to be very helpful. Vikki and her partner decided to have a full post mortem to try and understand why their baby had died. But the appointment with the consultant to discuss this results was really rushed and unhelpful. Vikki found it hard not knowing the sex of her baby until seven weeks after her birth. Finding out her baby was a girl and naming her Rosie helped her start to come to terms with her loss, and she then felt ready to arrange her funeral. Vikki has found some counselling helpful but feels she would benefit from talking more.
At the time of the interview, Vikki was pregnant for the fourth time, and although the pregnancy is progressing well she was finding it stressful and is terrified of there being something wrong.