When You Know Your Baby Will Not Survive
The statistics are eye-opening, but yet no mother believes it can happen to her. There is too much to fear, so instead, we overlook any chances that we could be the one in four who loses her baby. There are, however, so many mothers who cannot overlook their chances. Some women learn that their babies will not survive pregnancy. Maybe they will miscarry quickly, or perhaps they may carry and give birth at full term but not take their angels home. If you are one of these mothers, one who will not see her baby grow, my heart and love pour to you. Chromosomal abnormalities, pockets in the brain, and hundreds of other fatal diagnoses are being learned about through the advancement of medical technology. Sometimes there is no medical explanation. While some will argue that knowing your baby will pass away is too much heartache to handle, mothers who have lived or are living it may say just how grateful they are to cherish these moments and not take them for granted. My eyes are full and tears are falling as I weed through the writings out there on this topic. Medically speaking, we are well ahead of where we are at for standard of care for the families living this nightmare. Several perinatal hospice locations do exist, but not nearly enough. There are support groups, but again, not enough. This blog that I write - I write to educate, inform, spread love, encouragement, happiness, and hope. Sometimes, though, my emotions can overtake me. I was speaking to my dear friend who lost her baby girl, Mercy, during the third trimester. As we spoke, I started thinking about all the ways parents may be able to treasure their babies who are gone too soon. (Many of these photos are from Mercy's birth.) My Baby's Heartbeat Bear was created for parents to hold their babies' heartbeats forever, and in some situations, it is truly unmeasurable the amount of importance this stuffed animal can have. The impact our product can have on a family is priceless. We have more recently began reaching to families experiencing loss, in hopes that we may provide some comfort. Please help us reach more families. Share this blog, give a Heartbeat Animal as a shower gift, or have your own baby's heartbeat recorded. Time is a precious thing, and we just don't understand until it is gone.