On the 5th June 2017 our first child, Leo was born. At just under 23 weeks he was a tiny 1lb 2oz. Our sweet little boy only lived a moment and died in our arms. 

There is no real way to describe the pain and silence that fills your life when your baby dies. Thanks to the wonderful midwifery team at Queens Hospital, Burton, we were able to spend precious time with our baby boy. We had chance to bond as a family before we had to say goodbye. 

As with many bereaved parents we had no warning of what was about to happen and no idea how we would navigate the aftermath of his death. One thing that we remember is the aching desire to read our son a story. To do what we had dreamt of doing for so long as Mum and Dad. Sadly there were none in the hospital suite and we didn't think to ask anyone to find some. 

We wanted to be able to stop other families having this regret. Along with our fantastic family and friends we have set up a small charity to deliver books to our local hospital bereavement suite. We hope with books available other families may be encouraged to read to their loved ones and share in a moment no parents should miss out on. 

In time we would like to extend Leo's library to other hospitals around the UK, wherever they may be needed. We hope his library will be a way to keep his memory alive and keep him very much part of our lives. 

Jessica & Jeffrey

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