Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.


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A week after Dawn Reid was born a couple who were both school teachers came looking for a child. Both were in their late thirties and had discovered that they couldn’t bear their own children.

“Mr and Mrs Hart we have found you a beautiful child there will be no complications because unfortunately the mother died during child birth.’

“Can we see her said Doreen?

“Yes if you would like to follow me to the baby unit.’

“She is only a week old so she would be perfect for you both.’

They walked down the corridor to the baby unit where they were asked to put on a mask over their faces to stop the spread of germs.

Sister Joyce Marti led them to the crib that the baby was been looked after in.

“She is a very good baby and hardly ever cries. Her name is Dawn but you can call her what ever you wish.’

“No,’ if that was the name her mother gave her we will honour it.’

Doreen played with the little hand as she grabbed onto her finger and tried to suck on it.’

“I think this little one is hungry Gordon said Doreen to her husband.’

“Can we feed her Doreen asked.’

“Yes of course we like mother and baby to bond with each other as soon as possible.’

A ready made bottle was handed to Doreen with four ounces of baby milk.

“Come on then Dawney said Doreen let’s see if you can take all of this. Dawn sucked away on the bottle teat contented. Her blue green eyes never left Doreen as she fed her. “Isn’t she beautiful Gordon; look at those big eyes that she has and she has a good mop of hair as well.’ “I think we have found our new daughter said Gordon as he touched the little hand inside the crib.

Once Doreen had fed and winded Dawn she then gave Dawn her first change. Gordon brought all the things over that she would need like creams and talcum powder.

For someone who had never been a mother before Doreen took to it naturally.

When she was done dawn was placed back into her crib and they sat for another half hour whilst Sister Joyce Marti brought them the paper work to fill in. There were several legal documents to fill in and both Gordon and Doreen put their names to them.

When will we be able to take Dawn home Sister Marti.’

As soon as you have a room available and everything needed for Dawn.’

We had a nursery all prepared and we have everything at home now.’

“Well in that case Mr Hart there is no reason why you cannot take her this afternoon. Now you say that you are both school teachers right?’

“Yes that’s correct.’

“Do you both work full time then?’

“Yes is that a problem.’

Not really as long as you have someone to look after Dawn whilst you are at work.’

“Oh I see, we already have a nanny who can start straight away.’

“Perfect; then all I can say is good luck to you both. They brought the baby to Doreen and she took her gently into her arms.’

“We are going to your new home now Dawney so be a good little girl won’t you.’

“Here is a bag of things you will need to keep you going said the sister; the health visitor will check on her every week and you will be visited by a social worker as well. It’s nothing to worry about its just standard procedure.

Bye then said Sister Marti to the baby as Doreen and Gordon Hart left the hospital as a family.

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