Helen Joy

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On the last night, Mum didn't go to bed. She held her baby, which she had named Helen Joy (later named Heather Margaret), the whole night. At the age of 72, Mum could still see the girl who was on duty that terrible night. Clothes were sent to the nursery to dress Helen in. Mum said the clothes were nice but they weren't new. The clothes were brought in by the adoptive family. Mum had to dress her baby in these clothes. Because the clothes were not new, Mum spent every day for the next 52 years worrying if her baby had gone to a poor family and had therefore missed out on life's opportunities. All the other babies Mum had seen leave had been dressed in beautiful, new clothes.

Baby Helen was already smiling at Mum before she was taken from her. Imagine…carrying your baby for nine months, breast feeding your baby for six weeks and then having to give her up because you had been told you were bad and full of sin, not worthy to be a mother. Mum was sobbing and shaking so much when she had to dress Helen, one of 'The Haven's' staff members needed to assist her.

 

On the last night, Mum didn't go to bed. She held her baby, which she had named Helen Joy (later named Heather Margaret), the whole night.