55 episodes

A podcast about baby loss, legacy and learning to live again. Alison Ingleby interviews parents who've experienced stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death and the professionals who support them

Footprints On Our Heart‪s‬ Alison Ingleby

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A podcast about baby loss, legacy and learning to live again. Alison Ingleby interviews parents who've experienced stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death and the professionals who support them

    #52 One Year of Footprints on our Hearts

    #52 One Year of Footprints on our Hearts

    This week, I have a special bonus episode to celebrate one year of the podcast! I’ve been catching up with a few of my past guests, reflecting on what I’ve learned from talking to so many parents about their experiences of baby loss and sharing my own reflections on the past year.
    In Part One, I share seven things I’ve learned from the stories that I’ve shared on Footprints on our Hearts. (3:10)
    In Part Two (18:00), I share some reflections on the past year.
    In my mini interview with Karl, we talk about the healing that his third child has brought to their lives, the motivation behind his sporting challenges, how training helps him reflect and his upcoming endurance challenge raising money for Tommy’s. (19:27)
    You can listen to Karl’s story in Episode 20 of the podcast and connect with him on Instagram @the_ambitious_endurance. You can also support him and the team completing the West Highland Way challenge @run.swim.bike.hike.
    In my mini interview with Lucy, we talk about the meaning of balance, how to prioritise self-care when you’re juggling too many plates and why asking for help isn’t a failure. (30:18)
    You can listen to Lucy’s story in Episode 20 and connect with her on Instagram @_mother_of_one_. You can find out more about the Rainbow Running and Yoga Club and all the events Lucy and her team organise at https://www.rainbowrunningclub.co.uk/.
    In my reflections on the past year, I talk about passing key grief milestones, pregnancy after loss and searching for balance in my life. (44:05)
    I wrap up the episode by reflecting on the seasons of life we find ourselves in and accepting that there is a time for everything.
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app! You can support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts

    • 52 min
    #51 Neo-Natal Loss, Organ Donation and Pregnancy After Loss with Claire and Andrew

    #51 Neo-Natal Loss, Organ Donation and Pregnancy After Loss with Claire and Andrew

    In Episode 51 of Footprints on our Hearts, I chat with Claire and Andrew about their daughter Alexandra who died shortly after she was born. Claire describes Alexandra as having the dubious accolade of being “the biggest and the sickest baby on the NICU”.
    We discuss why they chose to explore organ donation, grief, counselling, and pregnancy and parenting after loss. Following the arrival of the couple’s second daughter, Ophelia, they experienced two years of unexplained infertility. At the time of recording the interview, Claire was pregnant with their third child and they have since welcomed baby Daphne into the world.
    In the interview, we talk about:
    Claire’s pregnancy with Alexandra and being rushed for an emergency c-section the day before her planned induction (10:27)
    Alexandra’s birth (14:11)
    Trying to keep Alexandra alive (25:40)
    Deciding to donate her organs and how this affected their search for answers (32:22)
    Grief, going back to work and receiving counselling (34:55)
    Getting pregnant again and pregnancy after loss (39:59)
    Parenting after loss while grieving Alexandra (46:36)
    Experiencing unexplained secondary infertility (51:46)
    You can connect with Claire on Instagram @afteralexandra36 and find out more about Alexandra on her blog www.afteralexandra.co.uk.
    In the introduction, I mention my husband’s latest endurance challenge to raise money for Tommy’s. He’s part of the @run.swim.bike.hike team planning a triathlon version of the West Highland Way this summer. Please do check out their Instagram page to support them!
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app! You can support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts
    Thanks to Izzy Syme for editing and producing this episode.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #50 Stillbirth, Faith and Facing Death with Asma Bi

    #50 Stillbirth, Faith and Facing Death with Asma Bi

    In this week’s episode, I chat with Asma Bi about her daughter, Sujdah, who was stillborn in 2018, her Islamic faith and how this helped her grieve. In the same year that Sujdah passed, Asma suffered an extreme allergic reaction to medication which she barely survived. We discuss how this terrible experience helped her accept and be at peace with Sujdah’s death.
    In the interview, we talk about:
    Asma’s pregnancy with her daughter, Sujdah, and the events leading up to finding out she had passed away. (6:12)
    Meeting Sujdah after she was born. (17:07)
    How her family supported her and Asma’s belief that her daughter is with God. (21:32)
    Asma’s experience of grief in the early weeks (23:27)
    Travelling to Pakistan to be with her husband and suffering an extreme allergic reaction to medication (25:52)
    Being diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis, returning to the UK and being close to death (31:41)
    Why Asma decided to write a book about her experiences (39:07)
    You can connect with Asma on Instagram @angelmommy17022018 and buy her book, My Stillbirth Yet Still Here, on Amazon.
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app! You can support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts

    • 44 min
    #49 Fibroids, PAPP-A and PTSD with Christina Rothwell

    #49 Fibroids, PAPP-A and PTSD with Christina Rothwell

    In Episode 49 of Footprints on our Hearts, I talk to Christina Rothwell about her experience of losing her baby daughter during the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact the changes to maternity care had on her pregnancy.
    In the interview, we talk about:
    Getting pregnant and finding out she had a fibroid on the outside of her uterus and low PAPP-A (6:27)
    Going in for a repeat scan at 21-weeks and finding out her baby had died. (24:53)
    Being given a tablet to prepare her body for labour and going in to give birth (31:38)
    Deciding not to meet her baby, then changing her mind after she was born (39:44)
    Meeting Peanut and feeling scared about what she’d look like (49:11)
    Getting the post-mortem results but still not getting certainty over why she had died (53:49)
    Christina’s experience of PTSD and how therapy has helped her overcome her trauma (56:14)
    You can connect with Christina on Instagram @christinarothwell.
    **I’ll be moving to fortnightly interview episodes for the next few months with additional solo shows or special episodes slotted in between. If you’d like to support the podcast and help me keep putting out episodes, please consider becoming a patron of the show - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts **
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #48 Living with Loss in 2021

    #48 Living with Loss in 2021

    Episode 48 of Footprints on our Hearts is a special solo show on living with loss in 2021. I think we can all agree that 2020 for most people was a really tough year, and I very much hope that 2021 sees a return to a normality that involves hugging, human interaction and not being trapped inside our homes!
    I’ve spent the past couple of weeks reflecting on my grief journey over the past year and on how we can balance living our best life while allowing ourselves space to grieve. It’s something I’ve talked about with some of my podcast guests and I wanted to share my thoughts and theirs with you.
    How can we choose happiness while living with loss? How do we build a life that meets our needs and includes the babies we hold in our hearts?
    In the episode, I talk about:
    Choosing a word of the year to help you focus on the person you want to be and take control of your life (9:15)
    Creating time and space for grief (15:00)
    Habits and daily practices (18:10)
    Dealing with overwhelm (25:02)
    I mention the following books:
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Rising Strong by Brené Brown
    Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app! You can support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts

    • 28 min
    #47 Mackenzie’s Story and Pregnancy After Loss with Robyn

    #47 Mackenzie’s Story and Pregnancy After Loss with Robyn

    This week, I talk with Robyn whose daughter, Mackenzie, passed away when she was just two months old as a result of an undiagnosed heart defect. We also talk a lot about Austin, Mackenzie’s younger brother, his fight for life and why Robyn has never thought of him as her “rainbow baby”.
    In the interview, we talk about:
    Robyn’s pregnancy with Mackenzie and what she was like as a baby (6:24)
    The events that led up to Mackenzie’s passing (9:47)
    Being questioned after her death and the botched autopsy (18:52)
    Falling pregnant with her son after struggling to conceive and finding out he had problems with his heart (31:34)
    Moving city to give birth to her son who had open heart surgery when he was just 36 hours old (41:12)
    Robyn’s pregnancy with her youngest daughter (52:48)
    How they remember Mackenzie (54:05)
    I’ll be taking a break from the podcast over Christmas and the New Year, but will be back with the next episode on January 8th. If you’re wanting to listen to more baby loss stories over the festive period, please check out the backlist of 46 episodes!
    Thank you for your support over the past year and special thanks to my patrons who help me keep the podcast going. I wish you all a gentle Christmas.
    If you have any feedback on the show, suggestions for guests or would like to share your story, you can connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/footprintsonourhearts/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/skyesfootprints) or email alison@footprintsonourhearts.com. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a rating or review on your podcast app! You can support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/footprintsonourhearts

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Mother_of_6 ,

Truth and reality

This is a really well executed podcast. Alison has a great dynamic that you want to listen to, and for anyone listening whether they be on their own babyloss journey or supporting someone else through theirs, each interview is real and truthful and doesn’t shy away from experiences that people have. It’s honest, it’s full of love, it’s real and it’s what people need to hear to feel less isolated on their own journey, or to understand how they might help others to not face this heartache alone. Thank you.

Mum of 3, only 2 you can see ,

Invaluable, informative and inspirational

This is an excellent resource for anyone within the baby loss community or close to it. Whether you have been personally affected by the death of a baby or want to support someone who has, this podcast will be invaluable. It's both informative and inspirational. It doesn't shy away from the raw, emotional pain of loss, but it is always powerful and ultimately uplifting. It is achieving wonderful things raising awareness of aspects of baby loss that aren't always talked about in depth. Thank you Alison and all the guests, I am a loyal listener!

Miss amor85 ,

One of the club that nobody wants to join

Thank you so much for doing this podcast. I had my baby boy Chester on the 08/05/20 at 34 weeks. It’s been such a hard time, I haven’t know what to do with myself half the time but I found your pod cast on one of the fb baby loss pages. You have it brought me relief when I couldn’t get out of bed, hope for the future and not feeling as alone in this time when the world is hard enough people without the loss of their precious baby. I know that the podcast is hard work but I want you to know you really have made a difference and you are doing such a good job. I have not long caught up with all of the episodes and I will be there each week to hear the stories of the our much missed babies.

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