Sarah Shares Grief over Losing Baby Daughter Jennifer; Recipes: The Charity Book Touching: Sarah Brown?s Foreword

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Sarah Shares Grief over Losing Baby Daughter Jennifer; Recipes: The Charity Book Touching: Sarah Brown?s Foreword


Byline: Sarah Bruce

WHEN their longed-for first child died soon after she was born, GordonBrown and his wife Sarah could not hide their devastation.

Jennifer Jane survived for only ten days following her premature birth ? but inthat short time, she irrevocably changed the lives of both her parents.

Now Mrs Brown, who has since become a mother of two sons, has opened her heartabout her tragic experience in a bid to help prevent other women having toendure the same heartache.

She has written a poignant foreword to a new recipe book which will raise moneyfor a special wellness centre in the poverty-stricken African country ofMalawi.

It was during her time in hospital for the birth of her four-year-old elder sonJohn that she was inspired to support the charity.

In her foreword, Mrs Brown wrote: ?I have my own experience of losing my firstchild, who was born prematurely, and I understand all too well what that meansto a mother.

?I certainly wish my experience on no one else and hope ardently we can allfind ways to prevent future losses for other expectant mothers.

?Every mother and child deserves to have good care and the right medicalexpertise available in an accessible hospital that will bring every chance of asuccessful birth.

?I first heard about Bwaila Maternity Hospital in Malawi while I was myselfrecovering after the birth of my eldest son in Edinburgh.

?Linda McDonald was one of the midwives patiently teaching me how to feed myson, in the middle of the night, as I sat in my lovely, clean bed in thewonderful new Simpson?s maternity unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. …

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