A mum whose baby girl was stillborn has shared a poignant image on what would have been her daughter’s first day of school.
Joelle Skinner, from Queensland, Australia, was told in December 2013 that her baby girl Zayil no longer had a heartbeat.
The 37-year-old shared a touching photograph to mark what would have been Zayil’s first day of school.
Her four children Isi, 13, Eden, 11, Jyrah, 10, and Amali, seven, are all lined up in their uniforms with just a school hat where Zayil would have been standing.
Zayil would have been five and starting her first day of kindergarten if she had lived.
"I knew this day would come, I’ve been dreading it for the last five years," she told Daily Mail Australia.
"I knew I needed to include her somehow. It was such a milestone first day and it would just be wrong to not have her part of it.
"We happened to have a spare hat the kids took home by mistake last year, so I just grabbed it and placed it where she would have been standing.
"The kids had no idea what I was doing and then when I told them, they loved the idea. It was perfect, she is part of our life."
Joelle said sharing how she’s been feeling has been "very therapeutic" for her.
She posts about her experiences on her Facebook page Jedi Mum Tricks and says sharing her story helps others going through similar situations.
When Joelle was 41 weeks pregnant in December 2013, she was rushed to hospital where doctors told her the heartbreaking news that her little unborn baby girl had suffered sudden infant death syndrome [SIDS].
She gave birth to her stillborn daughter Zayil.
Joelle urged parents who took their children to their first day of school to "appreciate what you have, hold onto them that little bit tighter".
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