Archive for April, 2011

Stillbirths still happen?

Posted on April 5, 2011. Filed under: Family, Pregnancy | Tags: , , , , , |

“Sad news” was the title of a Facebook note published by a friend of mine who I’ve known since high school.  She and her husband have been married about 7 years and she was pregnant with their first child, a little boy.  He was due around mid-April.  However, he was born on April 1 instead, stillborn.  I’m absolutely distraught for her and her husband.  Apparently, the baby died in the womb 1-2 days before, and they can’t explain it.  She carried the precious cargo for almost 9 months, and now they are planning a funeral instead of navigating lives as new parents.

I’m still in shock.  The first thing that comes to mind is: this can still happen in this day and age? I suppose the most tragic thing is that it was completely unforeseen.  I think the whole pregnancy was perfectly fine; they had no reason to expect anything but a healthy delivery in due course.

I’m so sad for my good friend.  She is a kind, giving, and non-judgmental person. She and her husband have given their lives in service – she is a social worker and he is a police officer.  Together they have deservedly gained the trust and support of a vast, varied community over the years.  This community was wildly excited about their starting a family of their own, and this community will support them anyway it can, but I can’t imagine the grief they must be grappling with right now.

* * * * *

On another note, the charm I wanted to commemorate my own little one who didn’t make it should be done by the jeweler this week.  I felt tremendous relief at finally finding someone to do it and having it started.  The next step will be to discuss how I want to attach it to my bracelet; apparently, there are a few options.  I can’t wait to have a little something to carry with me, something always near me, something I can touch and feel for comfort.

 

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )

  • Follow Family Focus on WordPress.com
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 30 other followers

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...