This post deals with stillbirth and may be difficult or upsetting if you have experienced pregnancy loss.
In 2012 Alex and Ben Tighe decided to try for a third child.
They had always wanted three children and after two successful pregnancies and a delightful daughter and son they were ready. But in 2008 their son, Jack was stillborn.
“Nothing prepares you for having a baby and nothing prepares you for losing a baby” Alex said.
Devastated and broken, Alex and Ben worked through their grief. After much heartache they bravely decided to try again.
Alex Tighe. Image supplied.
“There is always going to be that missing piece,” Alex says of their son Jack. “But we wanted to complete our family.”
One year later Alex was pregnant.
“We were told everything would be fine because there was no reason for what happened.
You’ll be right.
And then we lost the next one.”
They tried again.
Again Alex, a lawyer from Melbourne, miscarried.
Dr Walker and a member of her team at Mercy Perinatal. Image supplied.
The shattered couple were referred to Dr Sue Walker, from Mercy Perinatal.
Mercy Perinatal, at the Mercy Hospital in Melbourne, manages women with high-risk pregnancies.
Under the care of Dr Walker Alex fell pregnant.
She miscarried again. The couple were told there were no answers, no explanation.
“And then,” Alex says, “we were pregnant again and we were terrified, but we had Sue, helping us, keeping us strong.”