A young mum left devastated when she lost her son to cot death has spoken of her joy at giving birth to a second son and discovering she has a daughter on the way.
Chelsi Guillot, from Holywell Green, was totally grief-stricken when little Carson Hopkinson was found dead in his bed from the horrific condition at just seven weeks old.
There had been no warning signs, and he died in his sleep.
She described the little boy as “an angel who wasn’t meant for this world”.
Two years on, and Chelsi is now mum to 10-month-old Frankie and thrilled to be expecting a little girl next month.
She said she was delighted when she found out she was pregnant with Frankie, as since Carson’s death she had felt like “a mum who didn’t have a baby”.
But she was also petrified something could go wrong.
“I was excited when I found out when I was pregnant, I was over the moon,” she said.
“But I was very scared during the pregancy.
“I kept thinking ‘something is going to go wrong’.”
A healthy Frankie was born last September, weighing 9lb and 4oz.
But, understandably, Chelsi’s fear continued and she was constantly concerned for her son’s health.
“I was worried at everything,” she said.
“It was really scary for the first few months.
“I used to say I wished someone could look after him for me for the first few months and bring him to me when he was older.”
Extra support was provided for Chelsi through the Care of the Next Infant scheme, provided by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
She said the scheme was a huge help, and included regular home visits by their health visitor so she could talk about her worries and seek advice, monitoring her baby’s growth with a weight chart and weighing scales and borrow breathing monitors which pick up movements as the baby breathes and will ring an alarm if movements stop for longer than 20 seconds.
“If I was worried, there was always someone I could talk to,” she said.
Chelsi and her mother Cheryl started a campaign group after Carson’s death called Can Awareness and Ressucitation Save Our Newborns (CARSON), aimed at getting resuscitation lessons for all mums, and succeeded in securing sessions in Halifax.
They and the rest of Carson’s loved ones marked the second anniversary of his death earlier this week by getting together and letting off balloons and lanterns in his memory.
Chelsi said: “We’re trying to be positive about it. We try not to think of it as a sad day. It’s the day that he became an angel.”
Cot death is a term commonly used to describe a sudden and unexpected infant death that is initially unexplained. It is also known as sudden infant death syndrome.
A thorough post mortem examination will reveal a specific cause of death in less than half of all cot deaths.
Cot death is uncommon in babies less than a month old, but rises to a peak during the second month. The risk then diminishes as the baby grows older. Nearly 90 per cent of cot deaths have occurred by six months, and very few occur after a year.
More than 300 babies died suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK in 2007, making cot death the largest kind of death in babies over one month old.
For more information visit www.fsid.org.uk. The charity also has a free helpline on 0808 8026868.