Sarah Willits

Mother of Carter James Willits

September 15th, 2010

Spring Hill, Tennessee

In March of 2010, we found out we were pregnant with our second child.  We were more than excited.  Our little girl Isabella was very excited to have a sibling. Everything was going great, just as “normal” as it could possibly be.  Later, we would find out on the 20 week check-up we were having a BOY! We soon named him Carter James. It was then we began buying all kinds of clothes, bedding, and all the things that go along with a baby. We could absolutely not wait until his arrival. But to our dismay came way too soon… [Read more…]

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Heather

Mom to Brinley Nicole

Stillborn at 37 weeks on August 18th, 2010

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

 

From the beginning, I was scared of the little life inside of me. I didn’t know what I would do with a baby. I didn’t feel ready yet to be a mother. Of course, I loved little kids, but babies? Babies were a different kind of commitment. They completely rely on you for their comfort of living. It took me 8 months to be ready to have this new baby in my life. I was feeling ready to take care of her for the rest of my life. I looked forward to holding her, dressing her, feeding her, and playing with her. She was going to be a new chapter in my life that I was excited to start writing. [Read more…]

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Kasey

Mommy to Brandon Thomas

Stillborn on December 29th, 1997

Bowling Green, KY

At 18 years old, I found out I was pregnant. I was a month out of high school and supposed to start college in the fall. My pregnancy went forward like something out of a textbook: very healthy, no complications. I gained an acceptable amount of weight. I was four days overdue and had to be induced because my amniotic fluid started leaking. The delivery of my 1st child was completely normal. The only thing that was surprising was my son’s weight – he weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs 6.5 oz and was 23.5 inches long! His blood sugar and temp were low at birth, but after a few hours he was fine. My midwife told me that I “was born to have babies.” [Read more…]

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Cass

Mom to Our Bub

Miscarried on July 13th, 2011

Queensland, Australia

My husband and I got married in early October 2008. We always spoke about children, but it wasn’t until New Years Eve in 2010 we decided that 2011 was going to our year to create our own little family. So I went off the pill in early January 2011. After going off the pill I had been on for around 10 years, my cycles were all over the place. I then got reading books and reading about charting my temperature as well as using ovulation kits to work out when I was ovulating and when my period was about to arrive. [Read more…]

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Hannah

Mom to Uriah Daniel

Jan.3 2010 – Jan. 5, 2010

Galesburg, MI

When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked.  I had a 16 year old and a 9 year old.  I was thrilled though.  My family and I couldn’t wait.  We found out we were having a boy and chose his name together.  We worked on his little nursery, and bought all the baby stuff.  He couldn’t get here fast enough. [Read more…]

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Cathy

Mom to Griffin

Died June 12, 1993

Born June 13, 1993

And

Snowflake

January 1994

Greensboro , NC

I cannot believe it has been 18 years since my son, Griffin, was stillborn. I guess when it all happened, I was pretty sure that I would not be thinking about it nearly every day for the rest of my life, but I do. His 18th birthday is just ahead and it stirs up all the feelings from that weekend. [Read more…]

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Samantha

Mom to Allison Paige

Delivered stillborn on April 22, 2011

Pennsylvania

It all started out so effortless.  We got pregnant during the second month that we tried and my pregnancy was pretty easy.  I did not get sick and I did not have a lot of nausea.  I was more tired than I had been in my entire life, but aside from that, I was ok.  And super excited.  Right away, Gary suspected that we had a little girl on the way, but it took longer to convince me.  Ok, so it took an ultrasound to convince me!  But as much as I wanted a little superhero for my husband to play with (he loves comic books), once they said the words, “it’s a girl”, our lives changed.  Gary beamed from ear to ear and I think I almost immediately wondered if there was a minimum age for manis and pedis… [Read more…]

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Ann

Mom of Makenzie Marie

Stillborn April 29th, 2011

Puyallup,WA

 

My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 3 years (together 7). We decided to start our family shortly after I graduated college. It only took us just under 3 months. We were exstatic and when we found out we were having a girl my world felt complete! No one knew that tragically we’d lose her at the end. [Read more…]

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Lindsey
Mom to Andrew Edward Mitchell
December 6th, 2009-December 19th, 2009
Oxford, MS

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Erin
Mom to Berkley Elizabeth
July 17th, 2007-August 15th, 2007
Mustang, OK
After 4 years of marriage, my hubby and I decided that it was time to add a baby into the mix.  I went to my OBGYN, at the beginning of November 2006, to discuss trying to get pregnant and to get a clean bill of health.  I was told that it could take a few months and to not let it discourage me.  Hubby and I began trying immediately.  On December 12th, we got an early Christmas present we weren’t quite expecting.  I went to my regular physician for some pain in my side.  Pregnancy hadn’t even entered my mind at this point.  I was more concerned with possible kidney stones.  The nurse asked if I wanted a pregnancy test and I said sure but I didn’t think it was really needed.  A few minutes later, my doctor came in, felt around on my stomach, asked me some questions, and then said the pregnancy test we gave you was positive.  Positive.  What did that actually mean?  At first, I couldn’t comprehend what he was telling me and then it clicked.  I’M PREGNANT?  So soon?  I burst into tears because even though we were actively trying to get pregnant, I didn’t not think it would happen so quickly.  I was sent for an emergency ultrasound since I was having pain on one specific side.  My doctor wanted to rule out ectopic pregnancy.  I was determined to be about 4 weeks since I couldn’t remember my last menstrual period.  After 2 weeks of constant beta checking, I was told that my numbers were going up and that it didn’t look like an ectopic pregnancy at all.  I was so relieved!

At 7 weeks, we saw our beautiful baby for the first time.  I was just in awe of what I was seeing.  I really was pregnant.  I couldn’t help but cry.  Her heartbeat was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.  At 12 weeks, we went for our NT scan with our MFM.  Everything looked good.  We were asked to come back at 16 weeks for growth ultrasounds.  We chose to go to the MFM because hubby’s aunt has a common form of dwarfism and we wanted to know the likelihood our children would be affected.  At 16 weeks, our doctor noticed some markers and asked us to come back again at 18 weeks for follow up.  In the mean time, I was just so amazed by my growing belly.  I signed up for weekly updates about my pregnancy and my baby.  I just couldn’t get enough.  I never realized the love that I could have for someone I had never even met.

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Jane
Mom to Noah
April 6th, 2008-April 8th, 2008
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Noah was SO wanted. Matt and I looked forward to his arrival from day one of finding out he was on his way. In December we found out he was a boy, and knew for sure that his name would be Noah Curtis Godwin Lloyd. Noah- is my dad’s first name, and my great grand fathers first name, Curtis- is Matthew’s dad’s first name, and Matthew’s middle name, and Godwin – is my maiden name. Everyone was so excited, and we already felt like we knew the little guy!

I was due on March 28th- that day came and went- I didn’t ever feel like I needed him out- I was quite comfortable for being so pregnant. Noah was born on April 6th 2008 at 6:13 PM after 3 rounds of induction did not work- he was born by c-section. He was beautiful, a perfect colour, got perfect apgar scores. Noah weighed 6 lbs 7 oz, and was 21inches long.

Everything seemed so normal- Our parents were there, he slept so peacefully, he cried when we changed his bum. The nurses kept commenting on how beautiful he was- no one suspected anything was wrong.

Overnight that first night Noah started to spit up- green coloured stuff. We called the nurses to convey our great concern- and they said it was nothing to worry about- just mucus- apparently c-section babies are prone to spit up mucus for the first few days. it kept happening, over and over, and we kept calling the nurses to show them- they kept assuring us that nothing was wrong.

Not unusual for a newborn- Noah was finding it difficult to latch, and suck- and therefore he wasn’t getting any, or much to eat. The nurses suggested we bottle feed him- so we tried a little- he didn’t seem to catch on to that either.

Then- on April 8th at 3am the new nurse on duty saw Noah spit up. She was very alarmed… unlike the other nurses who assumed it was mucus. She believed us, and knew is was not normal. She called the NICU at the hospital to take him for tests, and for fluids, since he hadn’t been eating.

30 minutes later there was already a transfer team from Sick Kids on their way to get Noah- and a surgery team ready to receive him. We were panicked- we knew it was serious.

We got to Sick Kids and a nurse and social worker met us at the elevator- Noah’s Small intestine had perforated- we signed surgery consent and he was sent to surgery. Even the surgeon sounded like he was going to be ok.

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