On Christmas Eve Monica and her fiancé Michael were given the devastating news that their baby had Turner Syndrome, a rare female only genetic disorder which effects around 1 in every 2000 baby girls.
Their daughter Bonnie Brogan was born on the 17/01/21 and they were able to spend time together with Bonnie in a SiMBA family room in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow. Monica told us " Thanks to a fantastic charity (SIMBA) we were given a beautiful private room in the hospital and after Bonnie arrived the midwife brought her back to us in a tiny Moses basket, wrapped up in a hand knitted blanket with a tiny hand knitted teddy next to her too. SIMBA also kindly provided us with a memory box with Bonnie’s hand and footprints, her blanket, teddy, a silver butterfly, beautiful photos of Bonnie the midwife personally took and lots of information for help and support"
"Before this experience I was pretty uneducated and definitely naïve when it came to baby loss. Not that I’m now a professional in any sense however there is so much information, charities, groups and other mummy’s out there who are there to help. With such a taboo topic, I now feel like the importance of educating people about miscarriage, missed miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, cot death, neonatal loss, losing a baby through illness, TFMR (termination for medical reasons) or IVF is something that I feel we all have to understand, firstly the process and secondly the grief that the parents and other family members endure. "
Here is their story : "Here for a moment, remembered forever - Bonnie Brogan"