Mum’s vow to help others after ultimate heartbreak
SHE was their miracle baby.
Maisie Scout Peeler-Hammond, born at 10.21am on April 17 but in the greatest of heartbreaks ... four hours later, she had died.
The Peeler-Hammonds began IVF in 2014, had more than 70 eggs collected, more than 50 embryos created and invested tens of thousands of dollars into completing their family.
After eight prior losses, Maisie was simply ... a gift, a precious gift that was taken away too quickly.
Now her parents, Brisbane's Tenille and Scott, are determined to ensure their baby girl's tragically short life will never be forgotten.
Drawing strength from her husband and their nine-year-old son, Hudson, Mrs Peeler-Hammond, 33, launched Made for Maisie - a site selling handmade clay earrings and necklaces to fund her vision of offering support to families of neonatal loss and stillbirth.
"It was hard to keep going. More needles, more operations, more drugs, more tears but it was all worthwhile when we finally made it to 12 weeks with Maisie," Mrs Peeler-Hammond, an emergency nurse, said.
But at their final routine obstetrician appointment before the expected birth, the scan revealed Maisie's heart was beating dangerously slow and an emergency caesarean section was performed.
When Mrs Peeler-Hammond was woken in the hospital, her baby was "very sick" and needed a ventilator to breathe.
It was likely she had occluded her cord, depleting her of oxygen while still in the womb.
There's no way of describing the devastation felt by the family who, in that short time, met and said goodbye to their baby daughter and sister.
"The hardest part and the reason we started Made for Maisie came after being discharged from hospital," Mrs Peeler-Hammond said.
"We received no follow-up in-home care. No contact to make sure we were doing everything we could to be OK."
Made for Maisie raises funds to contribute to reaching the family's goals of developing an information booklet to donate to hospitals for families experiencing loss.
It aims to detail what steps follow a loss and some information to help families navigate this heartbreaking path.
According to Australian miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands, approximately one in 120 births in Australia will be a stillbirth or newborn death.
Sands, offers advice, information and services to families but said Mrs Peeler-Hammond Made for Maisie will provide a more specific, immediate and practical service.
"We need a service that goes in to homes offering counselling, nursing care and practical support to help women and families as soon as they get home," she said.
"We know there are so many great things out there to help but we could provide a service that doesn't exist. I want to take an approach that looks after the whole family.
"The mum still needs physical care after the birth and loss of her baby, the dad is grieving as well and needs mental health support, so do the kids. Providing a counsellor, a nurse and a month of food to a family would make a massive difference."
* For more information visit madeformaisie.com