Grieving couple to keep their stillborn daughter’s memory alive by raising money for bereavement charity
PUBLISHED: 09:49 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:22 26 March 2018
A grieving couple are raising money for a charity which helped to keep their stillborn child’s memory alive.
Sarah Chapman, 33, said she had an easy, “almost perfect” low risk pregnancy and never imagined anything could go wrong.
She said her baby was to complete the next stage of her life with husband Liam Chapman, 33.
Mrs Chapman, a teacher from King’s Lynn, went into natural labour on February 17 but when she arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital she received devastating news that her daughter, Eliza Jane Chapman, had passed away in her womb 24 hours before.
“I went into complete shock,” Mrs Chapman said.
“I had no physical signs, I assumed I would have tummy pains,” she added. “Before that day I was still meeting friends for coffee, went into town and had a really hot curry.
“When I went into labour I thought this is it, our baby is on the way. But when I was asked when she last moved I couldn’t remember, I didn’t feel her and I couldn’t remember if she moved or not.”
Gripped by sorrow, Mrs Chapman still had to give birth to Eliza Jane as a caesarean section would have been too dangerous.
She was able to stay overnight at the hospital with her daughter and her friends and family were able to meet her the following day. “The hospital staff were amazing,” she added. “They did everything they could so I could be with my daughter for a little bit longer.”
The couple were offered help from Theresa’s Tiny Treasures, a charity run by former midwife Theresa Ann McGrath who creates special keepsakes for families who have lost a baby.
Mrs Chapman said the pictures and footprints in glass have helped her and her husband to heal, and that it honoured their daughter’s memory.
“I can see and feel each wrinkle on her feet,” Mrs Chapman added. “I look at the pictures every day.”
The couple, along with 50 family, friends and supporters, will be running the Grand East Anglia Run in May to raise money for Theresa’s charity.
Mrs Chapman said: “It’s horrendous what has happened to us but we are trying to stay positive and make the best of the cards we’ve been dealt with.”
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runforelizajane