Trigger warning: This post contains discussion of stillbirth and may be distressing to some readers.
At 35-weeks-pregnant, Bree Amer Wilkes noticed something about her baby’s movements had changed.
They were far less frequent. Coupled with the fact she’d noticed her bump was hardly growing from 30 weeks on, this had the first-time mum-to-be concerned.
At 37-weeks, she went to her obstetrician, who had a quick check of her unborn son Archie’s heartbeat and sent her home, telling Bree her he was fine.
Archie wasn’t fine. The next morning, 12 April 2015, Bree awoke knowing something was wrong.
“As soon as I opened eyes I just knew something wasn’t right. I literally felt sick. When I moved, I didn’t feel him move,” the Sydney mother said.
“That day I had my baby shower and so I went to this lunch and I was sitting there and the whole time I was worried because I still hadn’t felt him move.”