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.
Lindsey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org