Hi, I'm Ann-Maree

If you are visiting this page because your baby died or you have experienced early pregnancy loss, I am so very sorry. I know my words can't remove your pain, but it is my hope that we can share something here through a mutual understanding.

About me

My name is Ann-Maree Imrie. I live in Sydney and practised as a Social Worker for 10 years working with children, young people and families, including grief and bereavement work. Sharing in people’s stories of love and loss was very special to me. I learned a lot about grief this way, but I didn’t realise its full impact, and the total devastation of its heartbreak until Friday 30th January 2015. On this date, my husband and I heard the words every parent dreads - “I’m sorry. There is no heartbeat”. Our beautiful boy, Xavier Rocket Imrie was stillborn the next day.

After five months leave, I decided to take a break from Social Work, and returned to my workplace in an administrative role. In time I slowly started getting back in the swing of everyday life. My husband and I made the decision to try for another baby, and on 14th March 2017, we were lucky enough to welcome Xavier’s baby brother into the world. His name is Kai Rocket Imrie, and in a very special coincidence, he was born at 2:18pm – the exact same time as Xavier.  

I have found great comfort in reading other parents stories of baby loss, and their process of healing. And so I want to share my story in the hope that I can do the same for someone else. I’d also love to raise awareness and break the deafening silence around pregnancy and infant loss along the way.

Publications

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  • You Could Have Been

     - A children’s picture book for bereaved parents to read to their child who died, or didn’t survive a pregnancy.

Press

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  • ABC News
    21 June 2018

    video icon 50 Stillbirth Foundation Australia's CEO Victoria Bowring and Stillparent & Author Ann Maree Imrie discuss the importance of the Senate Inquiry into Stillbirth and the need for improved funding for research

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It was so lovely to meet @senatorkeneally last night at the @sydney2camberra Comedy and Music Gala. Senator Keneally has been instrumental in initiating the Senate Inquiry into Stillbirth here in Australia, and is so driven to reduce the high rate of 6 babies a day. To hear her speak about her baby girl, Caroline, who was stillborn, was also such honour. Outside of her incredible political accomplishments, she is a mum, just like us, who misses her beautiful baby. @stillbirthfoundation @rednoseaustralia . #stillbirth #stillbirthawareness #6babiesadayistoomany #grief #grievingmother #babyloss #pregnancyloss #miscarriage #infantloss #sids #family #carryingjoyandsadness #rainbowbaby #griefandloss #griefsupport #youcouldhavebeen

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Our lil rainbow, Kai turned two yesterday! Last year I let my grief for Xavier take over, and didn't make a big deal of his first birthday. So this year we decided to go all out, because Kai deserves to be celebrated! This moment, when Gecko from PJ Masks turned up, was so filled with joy. I felt Xavier's presence crash in on my heart like the brightest fireworks you've ever seen! It was so overwhelmingly special and I felt like both my boys were happy. Celebrating Kai does not negate my love for Xavier. If anything, it makes it stronger! 💙💙 . #stillbirth #stillbirthawareness #6babiesadayistoomany #grief #grievingmother #babyloss #pregnancyloss #miscarriage #infantloss #sids #family #carryingjoyandsadness #rainbowbaby #griefandloss #griefsupport #youcouldhavebeen

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