A MUM from Lydiate, who lost her son 12 days after birth, has used the experience to write a series of books to help other children.
Amy Draper was just 18 when she lost her first child, Charlie, at just 12 days old in Liverpool Women’s Hospital. That was nearly 11 years ago.
Since then, Amy, 29, has married and gone on to have three children with husband Lee.
She has now penned ‘The Magical Rainbow Babies’, which aims to help others explain loss to children and “open up discussion in what are otherwise difficult conversations.”
Amy said: “Lee and I were finding it hard to explain to our three girls about Charlie’s life and his death.
“We realised there are many families out there like ours, who may have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant death.
“How do you explain this to the children who follow, about such a loss?”
Amy’s husband Lee says: “We found ourselves making up a little bedtime story for the girls about Charlie, and just thought, this really works for them, let’s share this with other people.”
Amy had baby Charlie one year before she met Lee, and her story featured in an ITV series about the neonatal intensive care unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, broadcast in 2011.
She allowed the cameras to follow her and also her parents, Lisa and former Blackpool FC manager Terry McPhillips, and capture Charlie’s tragically short life after the birth.
She said: “Charlie was always such a blessing to our family and gave us many good things to be thankful for.
After he left us, I went on to become a neonatal nurse, and I think the books are another positive that his short life has given us.
And they’re just another part of our family’s journey with Charlie.”
The stories are based around the characters of two children, Dolly and Winnie, as they learn that their brother Charlie is an angel in heaven, and lives in the ‘magical rainbow’.
Lee adds: “We just want the series to help others explain loss to children and open up discussion in what are otherwise difficult conversations between the children who come after, and their parents or carers.”
The book is published by Elephant Memoirs, and is now available on Amazon.