On today's episode, we deal with a difficult subject: the loss of a baby. When this happens, many women do not know where to turn to or how to cope. Whether it's a miscarriage in the first trimester, a stillbirth in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, or even the loss in childbirth, this can be devastating.
Today, a mom who lost her baby in labor tells us her story. It's our hope that by sharing her experience, other women (and families) that have gone through this might find some comfort and connection and hear an example of how hope and healing is possible again.
And we all have been touched in our lives by someone who has experienced a loss like this. Her story will shed light on how to support someone you know that might be going through this.
Resources available for parents:
The MISS Foundation: a volunteer based organization providing C.A.R.E. [counseling, advocacy, research, and education] services to families experiencing the death of a child - https://missfoundation.org/
M.E.N.D Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death: non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death - https://www.mend.org/
from Laurie Brooks:
"When I got pregnant after years of trying, my husband and I were thrilled. Throughout my pregnancy, I never thought about losing the baby. I knew people had miscarriages all the time and knew it was a possibility, but I was of the thought that if and when it happened, I would worry about it then. It was a wonderful 9 months. Once we got past the first 12 weeks, I just assumed we would have a baby. I carried our son to term. I went into labor naturally at 39 weeks 5 days. Everything was perfect, until it wasn’t. Our baby boy, Jack Martin Brooks was born still. He was a perfectly formed baby who was not meant for this life."