Couple continue to help parents through their daughter's legacy with donation to baby unit

A couple who were helped through the heartache of losing their baby daughter are to help support other parents through the same traumatic experience.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22 October, 2018, 06:00
Sunderland Royal Hospital Maternity department consultant Helen Cameron, left, receives donation boxes from Steph Archbold.

Steph Archbold and Phil Capewell, from Southwick, lost their daughter Amelia when she was just 12 minutes old after she was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Steph, 25, an adult social worker, and Phil, 29, a Nissan worker, had been told at their 20-week scan that Amelia had a series of conditions and would not survive,.

Sunderland Royal Hospital Maternity department Directorate Manager Janet Griffin, right, receives a handmade collage from Steph Archbold as part of her presentation to the team.

But the couple decided to go on with the pregnancy and spend as much time as they could with their girl.

Now the couple has gifted a further amount of more than £650 collected through a family funday at Fulwell Methodist Church to the hospital’s maternity unit to help it with its wish list of items to help families.

When Steph arrived to present the funds, she was surprised as the team at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in turn decided to recognise her for her dedication to help others.

Steph Archbold and Phil Capewell with Amelia shortly after her birth at Sunderland Royal.

Janet Griffin, directorate manager for obstetrics and gynaecology at the trust, said: “We can’t thank Steph enough for this very generous donation.

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“Losing a baby is a devastating time for families and for the team here at the maternity unit.
“The work that Steph and her family have done to help other mums and babies and to preserve Amelia’s memory is incredible and is so very much appreciated by everyone here at City Hospitals Sunderland.”

Steph, who is originally from South Shields, said: “We wanted to do something because they were amazing when we had Amelia and that wasn’t just in the delivery suite, it was right the way through.

“We can’t thank them enough for the kind of experience we had, because we knew what was happening, but they found the positives.

Amelia Capewell's footprints were recorded thanks to the help of them memory box gifted to Steph Archbold and Phil Capwell by 4Louis.

“When we went for scans, it wasn’t just finding things that were wrong, they would say look at her hands and feet, look at her face.

“We knew nothing could be done for Amelia, but the quality of time we had with her, they knew that was important.”

She added Dr Helen Cameron, her consultant, Janette Johnson, who helps lead the unit, and the team of midwives had given her a great deal of comfort through their experience, answering questions and giving them all the time she and Phil needed with Amelia after her birth.

The fund set up in Amelia’s name can be found via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amelia-capewell and more about the 4Louis charity can be found through 4louis.co.uk/.