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									“I want to highlight what can happen when the natural instincts of
        a woman in labour are ignored” – Shelly Wilkinson

             Three New Support books published by Sands –
                  Stillbirth & neonatal death charity

Incredibly, every day in the UK 17 babies are stillborn or die within their first month
of life – this equates to almost 6,500 babies dying every year. This figure is 10
times more than that of babies who are lost to sudden infant death in the UK.

Sands, the UK’s leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has published three
new books, written by women all of whom have lost a child to stillbirth. Two of the
authors felt compelled to tell their story hoping to break down many of the taboos
surrounding stillbirth and the devastating effect it has for parents, their families and
friends, and the third author’s story tells of the impact a stillborn sibling has on a

Shelly Wilkinson, from Manchester, tells her story in “Thomas – A Lifetime
Denied”. As she says “As I walked away from the maternity department on the
22nd July 2000, I left behind my dreams and hope for the future, my faith in the
medical professionals and most importantly my beautiful, much wanted and much
loved baby boy.”

By writing this book, Shelly wants to highlight the importance of listening to the
natural instincts of a woman in labour. As she says “My labour turned from such a
natural event into a true emergency that took the life of an innocent child and
almost claimed the life of his mother – my hope is that by writing this book other
women in labour will stick with their instincts and strive for the birth they want.”

Cheryl Peachey’s book “Soul Mates: Blessed by Little Angels” tells her traumatic
tale over eight years during which she experienced an ectopic pregnancy, two
miscarriages and the stillbirth of her son Keiryn, as well as being blessed with
three healthy children – Jordyn, Lochlyn and Kaitlyn.
Unable to really forgive those involved in the mistakes that led to Keiryn’s stillbirth,
Cheryl and her husband called for a major investigation at the hospital. This lasted
over two years and resulted in major changes in procedure, as well as the hospital
being awarded nearly £500,000 to modernise the
thirty-two year old maternity wards. Cheryl is the first to admit she has undergone
a roller coaster journey from which she has grown both personally and spiritually.
As she says: “Whenever I look at my three beautiful live children, I am well aware
that Keiryn has helped to rebuild my dreams and in doing so, has made me a
much stronger person.”

Jacqueline Savage’s “Toby’s Tiny Tot” has been written to help young children
understand why sometimes the long-awaited brother or sister doesn’t come home
from hospital with mum. Toby was so looking forward to his new sibling, but
couldn’t understand why only mum came home from the hospital and how a happy
family home had turned into a place so sad. As time passes, mum becomes much
more like her old self and announces she is expecting another baby. Baby Hugo is
born and Toby feels like the luckiest boy in the world.

Neal Long, director at Sands says of the three publications, “Sands has three clear
aims: supporting bereaved parents, working in partnership with health
professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved
families; and promoting research to save babies’ lives. The publication of these
three books goes a long way to fulfil our first aim. In the case of both “Thomas – A
Lifetime Denied” and “Soul Mates: Blessed by Little Angels” both Shelly and Cheryl
and their families have been through life changing circumstances and have
survived to become stronger. We hope these new books, along with our existing
publications, prove to be a real support to bereaved parents, family and friends.”

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About Sands
Sands is the UK’s leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity, established by
bereaved parents in 1981.

Sands core aims are to:
    Support anyone affected by the death of a baby;
    To work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of
      care and services offered to bereaved families; and
      To promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the
       loss of babies’ lives

Helpline: 020 7436 5881
Office: 020 7436 7940
Web: www.uk-sands.org
E mail: support@uk-sands.org

Sands Publications:
Thomas – A Lifetime Denied              Shelly Wilkinson
Soul Mates: Blessed by Little Angels    Cheryl Peachey
Toby’s Tiny Tot                         Jacqueline Savage
Fathers Feel Too                        Andrew Don
Living With Leo                         Mario Di Clemente
A Star for Bobby                        Helen Keenor

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