Photograph by Belle Verdiglione
Leia was delivered stillborn at 23 weeks after an infection spread to Andrea’s bloodstream. Leia was tiny, 635g and 28cm. Andrea described it to a journalist as a beautiful birth.
Andrea stayed with Leia in hospital for three days, giving the family time to hold her and say their goodbyes. In those days she spent time learning to crochet, lovingly creating a colourful jellyfish that would be cremated with her baby. Crocheting was her therapy, a ritual to focus her grief.
She has since continued to crochet jellyfish for babies in NICU and families around the world, also honours Leia through photography: “After coming home from hospital, I wanted to honour her memory and short life, and also do something for myself — create something I’m passionate about. That’s when I decided to pick up my long neglected hobby photography again. Photography is my therapy, so I’m only shooting what I’m passionate about and what makes me happy.”