27 Jul 2020

The heartbreak of losing a baby

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 27 July 2020
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Photo: RNZ/Samuel Rillstone

Every year around 600 families in New Zealand experience the unimaginable heartbreak of losing a baby at birth or shortly after.

A new RNZ podcast by Susie Ferguson, The Unthinkable, explores the love, loss and grief experienced by these families.

RNZ reporter Kate Gudsell and Sam Arcus' daughter Wren lived for just six days, in the neonatal unit at Wellington Hospital. They tell Lynn Freeman they want to share their story to help others.

Kate Gudsell and Sam Arcus' daughter, Wren, who died at 6 days old.

Kate Gudsell and Sam Arcus' daughter, Wren, who died at 6 days old. Photo: supplied

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