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Child of Mine

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Child of Mine

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Filmed over 2 years at UCLH and the Rosie Hospital, Child of Mine sensitively follows three couples through their personal journeys of losing a child before birth. 

After being together for 11 years, Fiona and Niall finally decided they would start a family. But their dreams were cut short when, in October 2016, their daughter Matilda was stillborn at 41 weeks. After grieving for the loss of Matilda and receiving counselling and support from UCLH in the months that followed, the couple were delighted when they became pregnant again. As they are supported and monitored through their subsequent pregnancy by Dr Melissa Whitten, Fiona and Niall must navigate through the uncertainty and try to stay positive, as they grieve for what was lost, and hope for what will be.

Originally from New Zealand Kezia and Chris moved to the UK for work and a life full of adventure and travel. They were also keen to start a family. Through IVF they were delighted to find out they were pregnant, but even more thrilled to discover they were expecting twins. Twins are more complicated than single pregnancies, so when Kezia and Chris are told that one of their twins is worryingly small, their journey becomes one of hope, praying as each week passes that their little ones will keep growing.

Together as a couple for 2 years but friends for much longer, Vicki and Bruce were thrilled when Vicki became pregnant. But six months into the pregnancy Vicki feels their daughter, Ruby, is not moving as much as she has been, and comes in to the Rosie Maternity Hospital. We meet them there. What follows is one of the most difficult journeys a new parent never thinks they will have to face; they are told that Ruby’s heart has stopped beating. Vicki still has to give birth to Ruby, and they bravely take us on their emotional journey as they try to adapt to this ‘new normal’ and face the world without their daughter. It is an incredibly difficult time for any couple, and this traumatic unknown territory can mean many struggle to stay together..

The UK has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in the developed world, yet these hidden bereavements are rarely talked about, often leaving parents isolated and alone.

Ultimately a positive film about life after loss, Child of Mine brings this tragic topic into the open by shining a light on the hidden crisis of stillbirth in the UK.