You learn to live with pain
Daily Record|October 7, 2020
You learn to live with pain
Friday marks the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Here, mum Kimberley Rodger tells Niki Tennant how a charity helped her family to cope with tragedy
Niki Tennant

IN the minutes after Kimberley Rodger learned the baby she’d been carrying for 18 weeks was dead, her first instinct was to protect her three-year-old son.

Reeling from the loss, she appealed to the midwife to tell her how to break the news to Leo, who’d been beside himself with excitement about becoming a big brother.

It was on April 16 this year when, due to Covid restrictions, Kimberley had to attend a routine midwife appointment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary without fiance Jason McCutcheon.

Having spent much of her pregnancy in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum – severe morning sickness which caused her to vomit up to 60 times a day – she told the midwife she hadn’t experienced the burst of energy she’d enjoyed after the sickness eased while she was carrying Leo.

For peace of mind, her consultant suggested a scan – but he couldn’t find a heartbeat.


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October 7, 2020