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** Trigger warning for this episode - Shaye and I speak about miscarriage and baby loss.
Shaye is a mama of three and her story as a mum all started with her daughter Lana. Her second bub Charlee died at 37 weeks due to a true knot and she was born sleeping on the 16th of December 2015 when Lana was only two years-old. Six weeks after the death of Charlee, Shaye became pregnant with James.
A few months after the death and birth of Charlee while also being a mum and newly pregnant again; to help Shaye overcome her grief, anxiety and mumlife struggles as a new but bereaved mama, she set out the create something to support women. She felt something had been totally missed to better support her during the trauma of losing Charlee, so Charlee's Basket, a not-for-profit organisation providing a care package to families experiencing the trauma of stillbirth or the death of a baby in the first few moments before or after birth, came to be.
Now Lana is almost five and James almost two and Shaye is expecting her fourth baby.
Charlee's Basket is now a Sands service and Shaye works side by side some of the best in a devastating industry. Sands exists to provide vital support and information to bereaved families across Australia following miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.
TOPICS WE DISCUSSED
+ Shaye shares her experience with losing Charlee and what that all brings with it.
+ How a normal pregnancy turned into something so tragic.
+ Coping with baby loss when you have a toddler to still look after and be there for.
+ Doing everything but allowing yourself to grieve just so you can survive.
+ We discuss how men can be affected by baby loss.
+ Shaye explains what Charlee's Basket is and how it supports grieving families.
+ What is SANDS and the support they offer.
+ SANDS Australia
+ Charlee's Basket
+ SANDS Australia 24/7 support line - 1300 072 637
+ Aussie Midwives by Fiona McArthur (BOOK)
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