|Sophie and I|
Hi there. My name is Lucy and I am Mum to Bobby, my rainbow Sophie and my two little stars. I am also the Founder of Upon Butterfly Wings.
UBW was founded back in 2011 and has since successfully donated thousands of knitted, crocheted and sewn clothing, blankets, cribs and teddies to hospitals, mortuaries and bereavement services across the UK, for babies who have been born too soon or who have sadly die shortly after birth. UBW specialise for those born between 12 to 34 weeks.
I have experienced three losses in total; an early natural miscarriage in December 2012, a missed miscarriage in December 2018 which resulted in a D&C procedure early January 2019 and a silent birth of my son in 2009.
|My second Little Star - December 2018|
My own experience was terrible and I did not want other Mothers to feel left with guilt or the feeling that their baby had not been recognised fully because it had been born 'too early'.
Bobby died after a ‘simple’ water infection caused my waters to break at 19 weeks pregnant. Despite my concerns, I was not listened to and at 22+1, I woke as usual in the morning to discover that his umbilical cord had prolapsed through my cervix. Sadly due to him not being ‘viable’ by law and although alive when I arrived by ambulance, he was left inside of me until his death and then induction to deliver him began.
|Bobby's Perfect Prints|
The ‘need’ now is that our babies are treated as human beings, no matter how many weeks they may have lived inside of their Mums tummies. Our aim is that no parent feels alone.
UBW provide hospitals, funeral homes, children's hospices and parents with support via our two ‘projects’:
We now also provide a keepsake in the form of a blanket and hat, in the size of what your baby was born. Please contact us to discuss either or both of our keepsakes.
The ‘Knitted Wing’s’ Clothing project provide hospitals, funeral homes, children's hospices and neonatal units with handmade hats, blankets, gowns, pockets, tiny cribs, keepsakes and more as and when needed. These are designed especially for babies lost from 8 weeks gestation all the way through to 34 weeks.
Sadly it is not cheap to run a non-profit and so I make and sell little items with the sole purpose to help raise funds towards the costs of running a non-profit organisation via our little shop. There is a variety of gifts available to purchase; the Wave of Light tea light holders being especially popular in recent years.
If you work for the NHS or a baby loss organisation and you are interested in us donating directly to you, or if you are a parent who would like one of our keepsakes; you can contact me via any of the means below:
Thank you for reading.