Baby season!


Hi all!

No, not baby season for me…before you ask! I've had my seasons of babies. Chrissie is nearly 16 and Tom will be 18 soon. I can't believe how the time flies. It does seem to be baby season at QVC at the moment. Sara Griffiths had her baby not long ago, Claudia Sylvester is weeks away from welcoming the latest arrival to the Sylvester household, AJ who is one of our fabulous floor managers is expecting her first baby and there seems to be several others throughout the business who have been glowing with the excitement of pregnancy.

No doubt it is a wonderful and monumental time but for some, sadly, the joy of pregnancy ends in tragedy. Sophia Mason is one of our beauty guests at QVC. I recently discovered her sad story but also what a courageous and remarkable woman she is. Her beautiful baby Chloe was stillborn just last year. Sophia has overcome so much in her life already and facing this must have been the hardest thing a mother could ever have to do but she has tackled it head on and decided to do something very positive in Chloe's memory. It's called 'Chloe's Count the Kicks Campaign' and full details can be found here and I would urge anyone expecting a baby or anyone who knows someone expecting a baby to take a look. What Sophia and her family had to go through is unimaginable. Nearly 20 babies a day in the UK are lost through stillbirth or die shortly after being born. Chloe's campaign aims to reduce this and prevent others from having to experience the pain that thousands of families every year have to when joy turns to tragedy.

Pregnancy and new life is an amazing thing. I just wanted to help make others aware that there is something you can do and it can be as simple as counting the kicks. Please take a look as it could save the life of a baby in your family in the future.


My sincere condolences go out to all who have ever lost a child. There simply are no words I can find except I am so sorry.

The greatest tribute to these little angels is for us to learn from what happened to them and prevent it happening to more precious little ones.

To all of you expecting new babies into your families I wish you healthy and happy pregnancies and births. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.

Warmest love,

Catherine x


  1. Lindsay Frame May 1, 2010 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Thank you for taking the time to highlight such a huge issue that, for whatever reason, seems never to be spoken about. I lost my baby through miscarriage two years ago and it really is something that never leaves you. I am sure in the future I will go on to have healthy, happy pregnancies but it will always be at the back of my mind until the baby is here, safe and sound!
    Poor Sophia, my heart goes out to her. But she can take pride in knowing that her little one will be saving the lives of others through the Count the Kicks programme. What a wonderful lasting legacy!
    Take care and much love :)
    Lindsay xxx

  2. Dorothy May 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Its a sad time for anyone I lost twins through miscarriage, they would have been 29 now you always think what they would have been like. But i had a gorgeous girl who we adore. We would have loved more but had to have bed rest for the first 3months and the last 2 so we where just gratefull to have one healthy baby, she is 27 now and a teacher so really proud.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xx

  3. Julie May 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    A lovely blog. As you know not much has gone right for me over the last few years and the above applies too. Can’t go into too much detail but hope there are better times ahead.
    Much love
    Julie xx

  4. Susan May 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Catherine. You have highlighted a fabulous cause. On a happier note many congrats to Sara and hope all goes well for Claudia! I have a suspicion about someone else who is pregnant but don’t want to say in case she isn’t! Take care, Susan

  5. Linda Jeffrey May 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Thanks Catherine for such a warm and caring blog, I lost a baby at 10 weeks and was devastated. I was so thankfuk that morning 12 years ago to leave the hospital realising I was no longer pregnant to go home to my beautiful 6 months baby daughter Emerald and I thank God everyday for her. I am so glad you have raised awareness of stillbirth and hope these replys comfort and help others to overcome a very sad time in their lives. Take care Luv Linda x x x

  6. Catherine Huntley May 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Lindsay,
    Thank you for writing in and sharing your own sad experience. My heart goes out to you. I haven’t experienced what you have personally but my cousin (who grew up with me like a sister) was pregnant at the same time as I was with my son who is now nearly 18. We were so excited to be having a baby at the same time as we were always so close. Tragically she miscarried her baby. She has gone on to have 3 healthy sons but I am acutely aware of how much the loss is still felt now.
    I think awareness and being able to talk openly about these things would help a lot of people. Death is such a taboo in the Western world but it is something we are all touched by..a part of life. By feeling as though you have to shut away emotions and not talk about them on top of having to go through such trauma just seems wrong.
    I do hope others will draw comfort, hope and education from everyones’ stories here.
    Thank you so much again for getting in touch. I wish you all the very best for the future.
    Love Catherine x

  7. Catherine Huntley May 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I can’t begin to imagine what it has been like for you. Nobody can unless they have been in your shoes, I’m sure. Thank you for opening up and sharing with everyone here. I would think it will be heartening to anyone else who may have been through something similar.
    I’m sure thoughts of your beautiful twins never leave you but I am so pleased that the birth of their little sister has given you years of pride and happiness. It must have been such a nervewracking pregnancy but I am so glad it ended so happily for you.
    Warmest regards to you and your family,
    Love Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley May 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Lovely Julie,
    You’re such a kind hearted and positive person. You really have had some very tough challenges to say the least and you should be proud of how well you are doing.
    I really do wish you the very best of times ahead. I’m sure it makes you feel less ‘alone’ to know so many others can relate to what you have gone through because they have, too.
    It’s wonderful reading your comments on my blog, really nice to keep in touch.
    Big hugs & love,
    Catherine x

  9. Catherine Huntley May 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for your kind congratulations to Sara and also well wishes for Claudia, too. I think she’s due anytime at all now!
    I’m intrigued about your inkling re another presenter possibly being pregnant. I can confirm right here and now that isn’t’s all cake, chips and pies with me! Mind you I’m working out nearly every day right now to battle my bulge. I wish you could just whisper to me but sadly, as you say, it could be wrong so best not to post it here :-)I guess time will tell.
    Thanks again for taking the time to read about Chloe’s Campaign and for writing in.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley May 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Linda,
    I really appreciate you sharing your own personal experience with everyone here. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you take heart in the fact that sharing your experience may give comfort to others, like you said.
    I’d like to also say how lovely it is that you have your dear Emerald. What a beautiful name. I have never heard of anyone with that name before so her name is as precious and special as she must be to you. Very fitting. I’m sure she feels how extra special she is from the love you give to her, too.
    My warmest heartfelt regards and thanks again for commenting.
    Love Catherine x

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