Lily Allen Opens Up About the ‘Incredibly Traumatic” deliver of her stillborn son.
**TRIGGER WARNING, graphic content discussing stillbirth.
Almost eight years later, Lily Allen is still dealing with the shock of losing her first child.
Lily has since welcomed daughters Marnie Rose, 5½, and Ethel Mary, 6½, with now-ex-husband Sam Cooper.
In an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, the British singer opened up about the heartbreaking experience of delivering her stillborn son George in 2010.
“I went into early labor and they put a stitch in my cervix to try and stop that from developing, and that lasted for the best part of a week,” said Ms Allen, 33.
“The stitch broke and I went into full-blown labor and the baby was really, really small,” she recalled. “And as I was delivering him, the doctors said, ‘There was a pulse and now there no longer is.’ The cord was wrapped around his neck and he was just too small.”
When asked how she recovered
“I don’t think I did — I don’t think I ever will, really,” the singer replied.
“The hardest thing about that was losing a child, but there were complications with the actual delivery.”
Ms Allen said, explaining, “He was so small he actually got stuck halfway in and halfway out, so to speak, during the delivery, and because his skin wasn’t fully formed they couldn’t [use] forceps [to] pull him out.”
“So there was a period of about 12 hours of lying there with him deceased in between my legs, which was incredibly [traumatic],” she shared.
“I went into trauma and I don’t think I’ll ever really recover from that.”
If you are struggling with a recent loss there are a few support networks to reach out to below:
The Pink Elephants
Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Grief Support: 1300 11 HOPE
PANDA National Helpline (Mon to Fri, 9am – 7.30pm AEST) Call 1300 726 306
24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including Christmas Day) by dialling 1300 072 637
Lifeline 13 11 14