Troubador From Heartbeat to Heartbreak

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789013719

eISBN: 9781789012767

Format: Paperback/eBook

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From Heartbeat to Heartbreak

Stillbirth Exposed


According to the Office for National Statistics, there were over 3000 stillbirths in England and Wales in 2016. Despite this, a silence often surrounds the subject. Now Caroline R Poole writes an emotive memoir recounting her own stillbirth experience, setting out to offer readers a unique insight into the emotional impact of this tragedy.

When Caroline found out she was pregnant in 2009, she was overjoyed to learn that she was due to have a baby girl. But at the age of twenty, Caroline experienced complications which threatened not only her life, but that of her unborn daughter. Caroline had developed severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, which resulted in the stillbirth of her daughter, Olivia. 

Exposing the harsh truth behind society’s approach to stillbirth and challenging the idea that parents should carry on as before, Caroline speaks out to raise awareness about stillbirth. She hopes that her book will reach out to other families living with the devastation of losing a child.

This book is amazing. So emotional and heartfelt and really eye opening facts about still birth that you never hear about. The poems are sensational and really well written. The personal experience really pull at the heart strings and allow you to understand the pain of losing a baby. Would definitely recommend reading.

by Charlotte

Amazing book, would definitely recommend. So well written and poems were really heartfelt and emotional. Great way to help people understand the topic of stillbirth as it’s so unheard of and could really help women who may get pregnant in the future knowing about those life threatening conditions or those who have been through it themselves.

by Charlotte

A deeply moving and eye opening book which provides an in depth account of the authors experience of still birth and all the stigmas surrounding it. I particulary liked the mix of factual information running alongside the authors personal experience which reduced me to tears. This book is suitable for any age or background knowledge. A book I couldn’t put down. 5*

by Sophie

This book has the facts you need to know whilst being emotionally deep and uplifting, Caroline has managed to produce a creative work of art that builds a bridge between medical fact and personal experience, it is absolutely fantastic, emotionally captivating and well worth a read.

For me this book is about breaking taboos and making the “unacceptable” acceptable, both as a broachable subject in today’s silent society and also in terms of the emotional turmoil that ensues as a result of stillbirth, making it easier to mourn this kind of loss as normally as we would for any other loved one and remember them proudly rather than as an impermissible blip to be swept under the rug and never spoken of again.

People don’t really know much about things like stillbirth, Pre-eclampsia or HELLP syndrome until they actually happen as Caroline herself discovered, making it difficult to talk about and thus taboo. This book covers these topics in various forms, so there is something that everyone will understand and find useful and interesting; she opens with a discussion about how various topics are handled in today’s society, leading her to discuss her own story, as well as the facts and important information surrounding Pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. She also explores the emotional side of things through poetry and creative writing, she can really put you in her shoes and help you to feel as if you were there with her, experiencing it as if the emotions and the story were your own.

by Katherine

Caroline R Poole

Caroline R Poole is a British writer living in the south east of Manchester. Following the stillbirth of her daughter Olivia in 2010, Caroline has been involved in several charity projects and leads her own fundraising campaign. As well as volunteering at a local hospital, Caroline is also a mother to Oliver.

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