Lauren Goodger says she “needs to understand” why her newborn baby died hours after birth following a “textbook” pregnancy and birth.

The former The Only Way Is Essex star says she has asked for further medical tests to find out why her daughter Lorena died.

While she planned to have a natural home birth, she was later rushed to the hospital in labor.

The 35-year-old told The Sun newspaper: “I went to hospital thinking I was going to come home with a baby girl but I came home with nothing.

“Laurena was a healthy baby and it was a textbook pregnancy.”

She said the baby’s cause of death is still unclear and she has conducted a post-mortem to try to fully understand why Lorena died.

She said, “That’s why I’m doing the autopsy. I need to understand, medically, how she died for my own sanity.”

Goodger described the 9-pound baby as looking “like she was sleeping,” adding, “I thought she was going to wake up.”

She went on to say, “It was the most traumatic experience of my life.

“Since Lorena passed away, I have had so many messages from other women who have also gone through this.

“I want to talk about her death to help other parents who are going through this. I want them to know that they are not alone.”

Gudger made the announcement on Instagram earlier this month her daughter died shortly after birthsharing a heartwarming photo of her holding a young child’s hand.

Her former partner Charles Drury also shared his grief over his daughter’s death, writing on Instagram: “She will always be with us.”

Goodger announced her second pregnancy earlier this year after finding out she was pregnant just eight weeks after giving birth to her first child, LaRose, in July 2021.

She rose to fame on TOWIE – a scripted reality show about the ups and downs of a group of friends living in Essex – and was one of the original cast members of the ITV show when it launched in 2010.

Many of the show’s cast shared their condolences for the grieving star, including Gemma Collins and Amy Childs, as well as Geordie Shore stars Vicky Pattison and Charlotte Crosby.

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, around 100 of the 700,000 babies born in the UK each year die from complications during childbirth.

Anyone seeking advice after the death of a baby can contact the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands on 0808 164 3332 or by email. get bereavement support locally and nationally

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