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28 July 2016 | by D.J. Taylor

When birth brings death

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We Need to Talk about Stillbirth
BBC RADIO 4

As might have been expected from its title, Emma Beck’s heartfelt documentary (22 July) was full of deeply arresting sound bites. “Somebody say something,” a bereaved mother remembered asking a room full of clinicians, each of whom stood staring at an ultrasound scan confirming that prenatal movement had ceased.

“Nine months is a long time to be afraid,” another woman recalled of a successful pregnancy following on from the one that had failed. Worst of all were the words uttered by a father bent over the body of his stillborn daughter: “She’s perfect.”





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