Personal Stories

Please Note

These stories are the personal experiences of women, some of whom had to travel prior to legislation change, some of whom had to travel outside of Ireland for treatment even after legislation change.

They can be very raw and difficult to read. We believe they illustrate just how strongly the lack of access to care in Ireland can interfere with the natural grieving process.

LMC believes that no woman should find herself without access to the care she needs in Ireland, and it is with great sadness that we find ourselves continuing to support women who cannot access care as their case may not meet the current legal requirements.

Amy’s Story

When I found out that I was going to become a mother, I was overcome with joy and excitement. My husband and I were delighted and began discussing maternity options, car seats, baby carriers and cots. Like all expectant parents, we started preparing for our new...

Tracey’s Story

On the 19th of March, 2014 I spent 12 hours with my fourth baby, my second daughter and the person that would literally change my life. I was 22 weeks pregnant when we found out Grace was terminally ill. She had, after many, many examinations by professors of fetal...

Theo’s Story

I decided later on in life, at the age of 39, that I wanted a child, but being single that presented a problem. After much research and soul searching, I eventually got my head around the decision of going to a clinic and using a donor. It happened the first time and...

Sarah’s Story

I fell pregnant with our first baby in June 2009. As the months went by (and after weeks of very bad pregnancy sickness) we got used to the idea and started to really look forward to our new arrival in March 2010. I remember a class I taught, buying us little...

Ruth’s Story

In 2009 my husband and I were lucky to conceive our first child shortly after getting married. It was such an exciting and happy time that unfortunately turned into a horrific and traumatic time, our worst nightmare. After two bleeds and feeling very unwell, uneasy...

Fiona and Keith’s Story

Keith and I decided that we would love to make an addition to our family of two boys, so we decided to try and get pregnant. I got pregnant in October 2010 but sadly we lost this baby in January 2011 as baby’s heart was not beating. I had a D + C in a maternity...

Claire’s Story

My view is a side of termination that most people are not aware of and until you are in the situation it doesn’t cross your mind. Please take time to read our stories and consider why abortion should be legalised in Ireland. I had always been someone who said I would...

Arlette’s Story

My husband and I were trying awhile to have our third baby. We found out at Christmas time I was pregnant and were both thrilled as was our 8-year-old and 5-year-old boys. At my 13-week scan, the sonographer recognised there was some fluid around the baby’s head and...

Anonymous

We’ve had five pregnancies, all affected by a syndrome called Mekal Gruber. It's where the baby will survive in me because of the cord feeding them but will 100% die during or after childbirth. They are severely deformed ,where the back of the head doesn’t form and...

Amanda’s Story

As I sit down to write this, my daughter’s ashes sit in a small wooden box on the shelf across the room. A plaque on top of her little box states: Aoife Burke, died 2 December 2011, Rest in Peace. The box came by courier last week, from England. I had spent the week...