In 2007 Rebecca Goss's newborn daughter Ella was diagnosed with Severe Ebstein's Anomaly, a rare and incurable heart condition. She lived for sixteen months. Her Birth is a book-length sequence of poems beginning with Ella's birth, her short life and her death, and ending with the joys and complexities that come with the birth of another child.
Rebecca Goss was born in 1974 and grew up in Suffolk. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University. Her first full length collection, The Anatomy of Structures was published in 2010 by Flambard Press. She taught Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University for several years. She is now a full time writer and lives in Suffolk.