Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Heartbreak and Hope

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Heartbreak and Hope

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THIS emotional documentary opens with a mother reading a poem called The Snowdrop. It's about a flower that may not have the chance to bloom, and is hugely poignant.

The sensitively-told film, narrated by Amanda Holden, whose son Theo was stillborn, follows the stories of three couples' experiences of losing a child before birth.

One in 200 babies in the UK is stillborn, one of the worst rates in the developed world, and the couples hope to raise awareness of these hidden bereavements.

It reveals the devastating impact on parents, while highlighting the urgent need for more dedicated resources for high-risk pregnancies.

In one of many heartbreaking scenes, Vicki says: "She's still our baby," to her partner Bruce, as she holds her newborn, stillborn daughter, Ruby.

Vicki later adds: "I physically ache for her. …

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