AFL superstar Rory Sloane and his TV presenter wife Belinda have opened up on the tragic stillbirth of their first child, Leo.
The couple shared an emotional video on Monday hoping their story will help reduce stillbirth rates in Australia.
They have launched a campaign, Lion Warrior, with Red Nose, a not-for-profit organisation that has been working to eradicate sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) since 1977.
'After Leo was born, first thing happened I cut the cord, which was really nice of our obstetrician, Chris, to ask me to do, a great moment to experience as a father,' the Adelaide Crows star said.
'I remember him just passing Leo straight into Belinda 's arms and again, probably the most emotional we've ever been, I think, at that period.
'I remember looking across and Belinda holding her little son in her arms and him obviously being lifeless, but seeing … the joy on Belinda's face, also matched with the sorrow, it was heartbreaking.'
AFL superstar Rory Sloane and his TV presenter wife Belinda (pictured together) have opened one year after the tragic stillborn birth of their first child Leo
The couple told Seven News that they are still grieving the loss of their first child.
'What we've found strength in is leaning on each other, grieving together,' Ms Sloane said.
'We sought help early on from a grief counsellor and that was definitely one of the best things that we've done. You've just got to give yourself that time.
'By sharing our story, we hope to raise awareness around stillbirth and to raise funds to be put into research to reduce the number of stillbirths in Australia, which haven't changed in 20 years.'
The couple shared an emotional video hoping their son's story could help reduce stillbirth rates within Australia
Ms Sloane was 34 weeks pregnant when their son was stillborn.
'Over the past year we have learnt so many valuable lessons from our gorgeous Leo. He continues to shape the people we are today,' she said in an