How We Began
In May 2009 my life changed forever. I was a healthy young mum, pregnant with my first baby. I developed gestational diabetes but was content as I managed to keep my sugar levels low through a carefully planned diet. My antenatal appointments were filled with excitement as everything was going to plan. Both myself and my baby looked very healthy and happy all the way through until I reached 36 weeks. At a routine appointment, my midwife couldn’t find my baby’s heartbeat.
Aidan James Eldridge was stillborn on the 15th May 2009 weighing just over 5lb. His death is marked as “unexplained” on the post mortem results but he was growth restricted which had not been identified throughout my pregnancy. The shock and devastation that followed cannot be described and my life was completely turned upside down. I had no idea that babies were still dying in the UK, or how common it is.
I have since been blessed with another son, Tobiah (meaning Goodness of God) who arrived safely into the world on the 1st October 2010 and my daughter Tilly was born by emergency c section on the 6th August 2013. During these pregnancies I made sure I was well educated and armed myself with as much knowledge as possible so I knew the warning signs and when to get checked by my maternity team.
After attending various Sands meetings I realised that many mums were receiving inconsistent advice from their healthcare team. I did a lot of research and got in touch with my local hospitals to present my findings at their MSLC meetings. It was at these meetings that I learnt of the true value of midwives, and that they need support and access to new information, just as much as expectant mums do. This led me to set up MAMA Academy, the pregnancy school!
With the help of my local maternity team, we aim to make a difference in the world and see the numbers of baby loss decrease. Our achievements would not be possible without our dedicated team of healthcare professionals, the support from The Royal College of Midwives, and our committed team of volunteers.
Your support so far has been overwhelming and I personally thank you for supporting us in helping more babies arrive safely.
Heidi Eldridge – Founder and CEO