A mum-of-three calling for a special unit so women who miscarry do not have to give birth on labour wards has urged her supporters to 'start screaming a lot louder now'.

Louise Caldwell, from East Kilbride, started a petition back in October after going through the incredibly traumatic experience of having to deliver her stillborn baby on a labour ward surrounded my new and expectant parents and families.

The 37-year-old is petitioning for a special unit that has everything needed to save women going into the labour ward and having to go through a similar ordeal, an experience she says was "inhumane".

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Louise's petition has this week surpassed 25,000 signatures.

"It's not right. There are people that have written on it who say that their mum is still haunted by walking down that corridor and they struggled hearing babies crying after they just came into the world. It's not just me. It would never work if it was just for me. This petition is for women in the future.

"A woman approached me last week as she was going in to hospital and she asked me: ‘Do you know whats going to happen to me?' and I had to say to her: 'I actually do'. That's horrific."

It was during a routine 12-week scan that Louise received the devastating news that the baby she was carrying didn't have a heartbeat - a pain compounded further by the news that she would have to go to hospital to deliver her stillborn child on a labour ward.

She says she "froze in shock" at the words.

Louise pictured with sons Cody, 13, Aaron, 10, and Noah, four

Louise added: “And then rather than grieving for your baby, for me, it became about the labour ward. I still remember that ward. I still remember the consultant saying to me: 'I'm afraid because of the gestation you are going to have to go in to the labour ward'. And I can't remember anything else she said to me.

"I absolutely froze in shock. I've got a fear of needles, a really bad one, and I can't remember them giving me that injection. I had to get an injection for them to test my blood and things...I can’t remember it.

“I went in there after I was told there was no heartbeat just to find out what the next steps were and then they sent me to Wishaw General Hospital and I had to speak to the consultant.

“And my body just went into shock. Never mind having to go home, spend half of the Wednesday, spend the full Thursday in my house and then pluck up the courage to get in the car and drive to the hospital.

“I wasn’t let in by a midwife, I was let in by a happy new dad. That’s not right.”

Meeting a new father at the entrance to the labour ward was an experience that Louise feels emphasises her point.

She said: “People working on labour units will say it's because of your safety; if it goes wrong then it's a surgical ward.

"But why can’t there be another entrance, another room? Why do we have to go through the same door?

"It's the symbolism of that door. Once you go past there you are in your own wee room and you don't know but you've still got to walk through that door. You are still traipsing through the corridor. Why has that never been thought of?"

Louise has been campaigning for separate facilities in Hospitals for mums going through miscarriage

But it was a conversation with Louise's friends that ended up being the spark to light the torchpaper, prompting her petition for change.

She explained: "After it I met up with my girlfriends and their kids and it was my first time that I’d plucked up the courage to go out. I told them and every one of them were completely shocked that there’s no unit. Like me, they assumed there was.

"I said I wanted to campaign for it but I thought it was just me grieving. I thought it was me not getting over the fact of where I was.

"And then months later I was speaking to a woman; her friend’s daughter was 31 weeks pregnant and the baby had passed away. It was her last scan. The woman said: 'It’s horrible, isn’t it Louise, what’s going to happen to her?'

"That was it. I had healed so I was strong enough to know that it was my anger, it wasn't just grief that was making me want to do this. It was irritating me, niggling away at me."

Louise's petition has widespread public support, many of whom have used it as a platform to share their own traumatic experiences of miscarriage.

Having surpassed 25,000 signatures this week, Louise says she feels a mixture of both excitement, at the potential for change to become a reality - but also sadness that there are so many women out there who have had similar experiences.

She said: "I actually didn’t believe it when I saw it had passed the 25,000 mark. I texted my husband and sent him links to check it on his phone in case it was a glitch.

"There's happiness but also sadness. It's such a sensitive thing to go through and for people to write down. As much as I’m so happy and excited, I also feel sadness that these people are thinking along the same lines as me because they have gone through it themselves or they know someone in their family who has.

"I can't find anywhere that I can message people individually to personally thank them and also say "sorry". These people can give themselves a pat in the back, all 25,000 of them. That’s their little voice. And we just have to start screaming a lot louder now.”

Louise is pushing for 100,000 signatures so that her petition can be brought to the attention of MPs and considered for a debate in Parliament. But even if it doesn't, Louise says she'll never take it down - as it has allowed so many to share their stories.

She added: “I keep saying to people who know me that my wee voice can't scream loud enough, I need everybody's voice to help me. I need everybody to sign the petition. I need people to shout with me because Nicola Sturgeon isn’t going to hear just me.

"That's the only way that something will be done."

You can sign Louise's petition here

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