Mom to Garrett

Stillborn July 31st, 2004

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

My baby angel Garrett was stillborn July 31, 2004 at 38 weeks.  I had a perfect pregnancy and had no reason to suspect anything would go wrong.  I was surprised to wake up one morning at 2:30am with a horrible feeling that something was wrong.  It wasn’t until a few hours later that I realized I wasn’t feeling my baby move.  Despite that, I was completely blindsided when the doctor told me my son’s heart had stopped beating.  After delivery, we learned that Garrett had died from an umbilical cord accident. 

I thought stillbirth was an antiquated term.  I couldn’t believe how often this happens and how many people I know that have had a personal experience with stillbirth.  After Garrett was born, it seemed like people were coming out of the woodwork to tell us their story.  My husband and I decided that Garrett would not be a hidden part of our past as if we were ashamed.  I was proud of him and I wanted the world to know that I AM a mother.

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  1. Lindsay,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Angel Baby, Garrett. I lost my first and only child, Lucas, on 18 October, 2010. There was a problem with his umbilical cord as well. I understand all of the emotions that you must have gone through–pain, depression, anger, questioning, hoplessness–and my heart goes out to you and your family. I will be keeping you and your Angel Garrett in my thoughts & prayers.

  2. Lindsay,
    Our stories are almost identical. I lost our first daughters at 38 weeks on Sept. 10, 2004, due to a nuchal cord accident, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her little neck 5 times. We have been blessed with 3 children since, but I miss our daughter, Mary Catherine, everyday. I’m sorry for your loss of Garrett, maybe our babies are friends in heaven!

  3. I thought stillbirth was an antiquated term, too. I figured with all the advances in modern medicine, I was in the clear after 12 weeks! After 39 weeks of picture perfect pregnancy, our first daughter, Caroline, was stillborn. It was an umbilical cord accident.

    I just wanted to tell you that I’m incredibly sorry for the loss of your sweet little one.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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