Monday, September 19, 2011

No Child Is Born To Die: The 100 Word Challenge

As part of its No Child Is Born To Die project, Save The Children UK will present 60,000 signatures to David Cameron on Tuesday. That's if we have 60,000 people who support sending more healthworkers to East Africa. Save the children has declared that a shortage of healthworkers is impeding their efforts to save 750,000 children who are on the brink of death.

Please read about the campaign and sign the petition - before Tuesday.

Please tweet this post using the #healthworkers hashtag

If you have a blog, please join the 100 word challenge set by Gemma at HelloitsGemma and Michelle from Mummy from the Heart. 100 words about a healthworker who has touched your life. The challenge is to reach 100 entries by Tuesday. My entry is below followed by the blog-hop through which you can read the others.

The doctor entered the room and gently asked me, "do you understand what has happened?"  I nodded.

"We would like your permission to perform an autopsy."

I nodded again and the gentle doctor continued... "we want to gain as much information as possible so that next time we can be best prepared."

You hear what you want to hear in any given situation. When you have just miscarried twin girls at almost 22 weeks, hearing the magic words, "next time," was like a lifeline. Hope is a wonderful thing. It brings you back from the brink to fulfill your destiny. 


  1. This is really a really touching post. I'm so glad you had someone to comfort you and give you hope x

  2. Thank you Love In The Nest. This particular doctor kept me going over four years of IVF by never giving up on me. I will be forever grateful to him.

  3. I never realised that you too had suffered such a loss. I lost twins at 20 weeks and a singleton at 16, amongst many many other M/c

  4. These things come out when you least expect it. My blog for today was a cute picture of the children on their wheels and I'd posted it by 7am. Then suddenly this.

  5. Very moving post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I never knew this happened to you, I am so sorry you went through such a loss. I did two twice, no autopsies were preformed but the doctors I came into contact with where amazing help.
    I am glad to see the 100 words campaign is going global.
    So happy you are a part of it xxx

  7. So sorry to hear this but glad you had that doctor on your side. Well done on promoting this campaign.

    xx Jazzy

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm sorry you had to go through this but so pleased you had someone so wonderful on your side.

  9. Rachel, you are amazing, you've been through so much. So generous to share.
    thank you, thank you X

  10. Heartbreaking. I'm so glad you had someone to give you hope. You can't put a value on that can you. But what an amazingly brave and positive last line.

  11. Ohh bless you Rachel, I can not even imagine the pain (both pjhysical and emotional) of miscarrying twins at that stage.

    Much love, Mich x

  12. Thank you for such kind comments everyone. The truth is that I ignored it for a while, partly froom being in shock, and just jumped straight back in to try again. It is now, four years later that I find myself wondering about those two girls, what they would be like, etc....