Leeds couple break taboo over battle for baby

Kayleigh Burton with her baby Blake Quin.
Kayleigh Burton with her baby Blake Quin.
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a woman has written a moving blog about her and husband’s battle to have a baby in a bid to help others coping with miscarriage.

As Kayleigh Burton cuddled her precious baby tightly, she reflected on the heartbreaking journey she and husband Matt have been on over the last four years to have their smiling son who turns one next week.

Kayleigh suffered four miscarriages before eventually giving birth to Blake Quin on April 16 last year.

Now the couple are telling their story of hope in a blog in a bid to help others who are going through a similar experience and to break the taboo which still surrounds miscarriage.

“Miscarriage is so common and yet is rarely talked about,” says Kayleigh, 29, of Kippax, Leeds.

“Unlike other forms of grief, people seem reluctant to mention it, whether that’s through fear of causing upset or worries about saying the wrong thing. On the flip side, I often felt reluctant to discuss what we were going through as I found it often led to making others feel uncomfortable, which in turn would make me feel more sad.

“I would love to break this taboo, which exists even in the medical profession.”

The couple decided to start trying for a family in 2010 but endured years of heartache before they had their baby.

As they approach Blake’s first birthday Kayleigh admits that she is still over protective of her son, not surprising when you think what she has gone through to get him. But both she and Matt will never forget the four babies they lost. On Sunday, May 3, Kayleigh and Matt will be running the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon to raise funds in memory of their four precious lost babies, Cancer Treatment and Research Trust.

Visit www.justgiving.com/teams/KayleighandMatt to donate. Visit www.chasingourhappily everafter.wordpress.com to read the couple’s blog.