#34 Pregnancy, Stillbirth and Grief During Covid-19 with Leigh Niwa

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In Episode 34 of Footprints on our Hearts, I welcome my first Canadian guest! Leigh Niwa’s daughter, Winry, was stillborn just a few months ago at the height of the covid-19 lockdown in Canada. Leigh’s experience of pregnancy, loss and grief has been overshadowed by the global pandemic that left them isolated and alone.

In the interview, we talk about:

  • Leigh’s complicated journey to deciding to start a family later in life (8:30)
  • The pandemic hitting, how this affected Leigh’s antenatal care and the lost opportunities to enjoy the final weeks of pregnancy (25:10)
  • Going into labour and finding out Winry had died (37:58)
  • Making memories after Winry was born (50:05)
  • The impact of covid-19 and lockdown on Leigh’s grief and loneliness (57:04)
  • Remembering Winry – lions, setting her free and terrible cakes (1:03:58)

You can connect with Leigh on Instagram at @elldot.niwa.

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