I spent two weeks with my dead baby daughter, slept with her in a cot by our bed and introduced her to my other children

Lisa Fletcher gave birth to Lillie-Grace at 37 weeks in October 2015, after doctors told the mum-of-four she had passed away in the womb.

But thanks to a cold cot, the 44-year-old and her handyman husband Nik, 34, were able to take Lillie-Grace home and even introduce her to their relatives.

Lisa, from Killamarsh, Derbyshire, said: “From the first moment I saw Lillie-Grace it was pure, unconditional love.

“I felt so proud because I was still a mum and I was able to hold her and kiss her and spend that time with her.

“Unless you’ve been through this you won’t understand. I carried my baby and she was part of my family, so I wanted to treat her as any other of my children.

“Parents in this position shouldn’t be frightened of getting judged or what people think. Love is love.”

Lisa has three older children but Lillie-Grace was her first with Nik – and they conceived through IVF.

After a straightforward pregnancy, tragedy struck just days before she was due to give birth and Lisa had to face the heartache of a C-section – knowing her daughter was already dead.

The stay-at-home mum said: “As soon as the surgery was over, the doctors gave Lillie-Grace to Nik to hold her.

“She looked like a sleeping angel, she was absolutely perfect. Even the doctor said she looked beautiful. The staff treated her like she was a normal baby.”


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Lisa and Nik were moved into the bereavement suite and had their baby baptised in the hospital chapel the following day.

They had already bought her Christening dress and Lisa said the ceremony "felt like the right thing to do".

They spent two nights in hospital before returning home to introduce Lillie-Grace to her older siblings and other friends and family.

Once home, the parents slept with their daughter's Moses basket at the foot of their bed at home.

Lisa said: "The one thing I wanted to do was to bring her home and put her next to my bed in her own cot, which we had already bought her.

"I introduced her to her grandparents and my best friends. They all said how perfect she looked. It was devastating explaining to them what had happened.

"Being able to share her with the people I loved and to make memories with her was so special.

"We were all together, although it was a terrible situation, it was just perfect. We were able to bring her into our family and show her her home.

"Going to bed that night and knowing she was there was so peaceful and calming. We were all under one roof together."

The following day, the couple took Lillie-Grace to the funeral home, where they visited her on each of the eight days before her funeral.

On the day before her funeral, they held her for one final time and put her in her tiny coffin with a goodbye letter.

The couple still visit her grave four times a week and always kiss it goodbye.

They now spend their time transforming hundreds of donated wedding gowns into 'angel dresses' for babies who have passed away.

The delicate white gowns are all sewn from frocks sent to hospitals, funeral homes or direct to grieving families.

Lisa said: "Every time we visit Lillie-Grace, we tell her how much we miss her and how much we love her and how sorry we are that we won’t see her grow up.

“We keep Lillie-Grace’s memory alive by making these gowns for other babies to help parents going through this devastating journey.

“We believe that every baby no matter how small still deserves something special. Hopefully, it gives them a little comfort to know that they are not alone."

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