Jenn
Mom to Charlie Douglas
Born Still on September 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Akron, Ohio
 

Our story began almost 16 years ago. I met my husband when I was 16. He and I remained friends while we went off to college in different states and through several boyfriends/girlfriends. We decided to start dating at the tender age of 22.

We couldn’t stand to be apart, so I moved to be with him 615 miles away from any family and all of my friends. We were married in September of 2003. We decided in November of 2007 to try and have a family.

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Katie
Mom to “Sprout”
Lost on September 22nd, 1993
Columbus, Ohio
I was 18 years old in summer of 1993, soon to be heading away to college on a scholarship. I had broken up with my long-time boyfriend that spring and began dating someone new and fun, a summer fling expected to run its course by autumn.

I somehow knew I was pregnant the day after I conceived. Something felt faintly tingly inside my abdomen and “off” to me, and I remember commenting about it to a coworker at the restaurant where I worked. I tried to put it out of my mind and waited until the first possible cycle day where I could test for pregnancy. I bought a pregnancy test and, optimistically, a box of condoms. I took the test in the store bathroom and shook as I leaned against the stall wall reading the positive result. That evening, I drove to my boyfriend’s house to tell him our news. I was in tears and remember driving past a church with this phrase displayed on its sign: “Hangeth in there.”

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Heather
Mom to Stellan Gregory
May 18, 2010
Columbus, OH
 
There are some who say that I had a miscarriage. In no way would I ever want to downplay how horrible a miscarriage is, but I’m telling you, I didn’t have a miscarriage.
I found out on my birthday, March 1st, that I was pregnant. My husband and I had been trying for 3-4 months, and at age 34, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be easy. But, we surprised ourselves, and here I was, happily pregnant for the first time! I immediately starting worrying about the chances of miscarriage; I learned all the signs and symptoms, but, to my relief, everything was going great. At the 12 week mark, I finally stopped worrying, and thought, “Wow, this is really going to happen.”
 

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Lori
Mom to Annika (Anna)
Born Still at 24 weeks on June 18th, 2007
Columbus, Ohio
For over a year my husband and I tried to give our son Jack a little brother or sister. When I finally found out I was pregnant in January of 2007, we could not have been happier. Although the pregnancy was tough from the beginning (extreme morning sickness), I kept strong knowing that in the end I would have a beautiful baby.


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Jenifer
First Baby, Miscarried August 27th, 2010
Ohio
I found out i was pregnant June 21, 2010. I told my parents a couple of days after.  

 They were very upset, they took me to the hospital demanding me to get an abortion. I was really scared, I didn’t want to have an abortion, the cops came and told them they couldn’t force me to have an abortion. Tym, my boyfriend, was told by my step dad that he couldn’t be allowed to see me anymore. Tym was 21 years old, they tried to press charges on him but in Ohio there is a law of consent at age 16. My step dad also told Tym there wasn’t going to be a baby in the picture so there is no need for him to be around. 

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Laura
Mom to Baby Murphey
August 26th 2010
University Heights, Ohio
In June of 2010, my husband and I decided that we were ready to start trying for baby number two. My cycle was never very regular and I became super anxious the closer I came to the start of my period. I bought a pack of tests and gave it a shot. The first one came up negative but I had convinced myself that it was probably too early to tell at that point anyhow. About a week later, with no period symptoms to speak of, I took another test. This one came back POSITIVE!!! I ran to tell my husband and we were both so excited and shocked that we had gotten pregnant on our first month trying. I immediately called my best friend and share with her the news. I remember talking to her about coming up with a way to tell the rest of my family and friends. I had decided I was going to get my 18 month old son a shirt that said big brother. I was going to have him wear it to my parents house for a visit and wear it one night while we skyped with my in laws. I planned on waiting a few weeks to tell people but I was going to start searching for the shirt the next day. The following morning, I decided to take another test just to be sure…this one came back negative. I burst into tears and immediately went to one of my pregnancy books. I found something called a false pregnancy and was convinced that must have been what I had. I cried a lot that day but later in the evening I went back to look at the test. This time, about 6 hours later, there was a faint second line. Now I knew you weren’t supposed to read it after that much time had passed but I also knew that the only way a second line could show up was if there was HCG in your body so needless to say I was confused. The next day I took another test and this one came back positive but barely. I had had enough at this point and the roller coaster ride of emotions was really getting to me. Little did I know, that was all just the start to a VERY long ride.
I called my OB office and explained what was going on. They brought my in to have my levels tested and they came back very low. The doctor called me the next day and said either I was going to miscarry or my dates were a bit off and I was just very early on. Being that my cycle was so crazy, and I didn’t want to believe the former, I put all my hope into my dates being off. He brought me back a week later to have my numbers tested again. Another full day of waiting for the doctor to call with the results. It was pure torture, trying to remain together enough to take care of my 18 month old at home while my husband was working. The doctor reported that numbers had gone up a lot bit were still a little on the low side. At this point, I shared with my parents the news, not happily with a cute shirt on my son but sobbing over the phone begging them to come be with me for a few days while I went through everything. So, another week, another blood test, another horrific day waiting for the call. This time, the doctor called and said my numbers had gone up and they looked great. He scheduled me for my regular check-up at around 8 weeks. Joy filled our house!

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Jessica
Mommy to an angel baby
October 8th, 2010
Lancaster, Ohio

On August 23rd 2008 I married my high school sweetheart and my best friend.We have been together for 7 years and married for 2 of them. I have dreamed of being a mommy since I can remember! When my husband Jeremy and I got married we always knew we wanted children but we decided to wait a year or two and enjoy our marriage! We finally sat down and talked about having a baby, we decided it was time. 

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Mary
Mom to
Bumblebee EDD June 12th, 2010 – Grew wings October 2009
M&M (twins) EDD September 25th, 2010 – Grew wings January 2010
Peanut EDD December 23rd, 2010 – Grew wings April 2010
Desire EDD March 26th, 2011 – Grew wings July 2010
Dayton, Ohio
My husband and I married in December 2008. We were so excited to start our new life together and thrilled at the prospects of a happy life together. We had decided that we wanted to wait at least a year before having kids, then we’d see where we were at physically and financially and proceed from there. 

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Kendra
Mom to Aubrey Lynn
June 21st, 2006 – November 30th, 2006
Springboro, Ohio
Aubrey Lynn, our first child, was born on June 21, 2006. Brad and I had been married for about four years when we started trying to conceive…and while it took a few months to actually get pregnant, we knew the timing was perfect. We were both finished with college…settled into good jobs…had a house…two new cars…and we were both ready and excited to start our family. My pregnancy was pretty normal…and relatively easy…aside from the swollen feet and back pain. I was induced about a week and a half before Aubrey’s due date for some issues I was having with high blood pressure, but it seemed Aubrey was in just as much of a hurry to get out and meet the world as we were to have her here…and after only about 30 minutes of intense labor, she was in our arms. Born at 12:50 p.m. on June 21, 2006, Aubrey weighed in at seven pounds, twelve ounces and was twenty inches long. As most parents would say, Aubrey was the most beautiful child we had ever laid eyes on and we fell in love with her the minute that we saw her…a love that we had not known was possible until she came into our world.

After just a few short days in the hospital, we were ready to bring our baby girl home. It was exciting and terrifying all at the same time…just knowing the vast amount of responsibility that was upon us in taking care of this tiny being. While we had had many visitors in the hospital, we wanted to be alone as a family on our first day at home…just the three of us…and our dog, Charger. When we walked into our house, Charger was immediately drawn to his new little sister. He wanted to check her out…to give her kisses and welcome her home. Little by little, we let Charger get closer and closer to Aubrey, and within an hour, he was already used to her…somehow knowing that he had to be gentle around her at all times…even as hyper as he could be.

During the first few weeks of Aubrey’s life, we spent most of the time just holding her close. She spent most of the time sleeping. It was the most peaceful feeling watching her sleep as she looked so innocent…so content. By the time Aubrey was only a month old, she was already sleeping through the night…something that other parents were completely jealous about. We didn’t know how we had gotten so lucky, but we weren’t complaining. We loved to sleep just as much as she did!

When Aubrey was just a month old, she started smiling…not the smiles you see on babies because they have gas…but that smile that just pulls at your heart…the one where you don’t see how they could open their mouths up any wider…and when Aubrey smiled, her little tongue always stuck out. It was the cutest thing in the world and we fell in love with her all over again every time that we saw her smile like that. The older Aubrey got, the more smiles she had. Sometimes she would still stick out her tongue when she smiled. Sometimes she would just open up her mouth really wide, as if she wanted to tell us something really important. And there were other moments when she smiled that she just had this really sneaky look to her…something we knew could cause a lot of trouble when she was older. No matter how Aubrey smiled, it was absolutely contagious. She loved smiling, and would not only smile for us, but for anyone that paid any amount of attention to her. Everyone commented on what a happy baby she was, and no matter where we went, she brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

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Faith
Twins Miscarried at 9 weeks 4 days on September 16th, 2010
Dayton, Ohio
In 2006, my husband and I found out that we were pregnant with our daughter — we hadn’t been trying and she was a complete surprise.  We actually had been in the midst of planning our wedding and I had mixed feelings about being pregnant.  Of course, after I held her in my arms, I fell in love and have never regretted her in anyway.

https://facesofloss.com/2010/10/365.html

Holly
Mom to Carleigh McKenna
Born Still March 28th, 2009
SW Ohio
This is the story of my precious daughter, Carleigh McKenna, who was diagnosed with anencephaly in utero on December 15, 2008 and born still on March 28, 2009.


Carleigh’s story actually begins before she was even conceived. It begins back when God was preparing me for her not long after her sister Kyndra’s birth on January 10, 2008. During this time I came across stories of families who had received a fatal prenatal diagnosis and chose to carry to term. I poured over these stories. I read more about their diagnoses. I just felt drawn to them. I would’ve told you then that nothing like that would ever happen to me. Stuff like that always happens to other people. Boy, was I wrong.
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Audra
Mom to Jack Benjamin
September 22nd, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
Our baby boy went to heaven on September 22, 2010. I can’t believe that I can sit up at the computer long enough to type this, but here is our story:

I am 26, my husband is 30. We were overjoyed to find out 2 weeks after our wedding anniversary that we were expecting our first baby!! We did not expect it to happen so soon, so we considered ourselves incredibly lucky to have gotten pregnant so quickly. We do not know how two other people could be as happy as we were to be becoming parents. We knew that we were the happiest people on this planet, and we quickly began planning our baby’s arrival.

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Carla
Mom to Miscarriage at 10 weeks, May 2001
Miscarriage at 6 weeks, November 2001
Delia lost to Anencephaly May 30, 2010
Kent, Ohio
 
My husband and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary in January. Our first year together we lived through 2 miscarriages. A missed miscarriage at 10 weeks in May, and another miscarriage in November at 6 weeks. We were worried that we would not be able to have children so we asked for tests to find out what was happening. I was diagnosed as having a MTHFR mutation and lupus anticoagulant disorder. We were told a daily shot of heparin should prevent any further problems. We were terrified to try again… so we waited, and then 4 years later and lots of needles in my belly, we had our first child. Sophia was born healthy and perfect after the longest 9 months I could imagine. Another 4 years and a switch to Lovenox, we had our second little girl, Polly.

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Misty
Mom to August Angel baby
lost on January 19, 2010
Dayton, Ohio
 
My husband and I always said we would start trying to have a baby after 2 years of marriage. When the time came I was so excited, but I was afraid that things weren’t going to be easy. I have endometriosis, and I’ve had several surgeries to remove it and tried different therapies but it always seemed to come back. After my last surgery in late 2008 my doctor said that things didn’t look that bad, but I should try to get pregnant soon.

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https://facesofloss.com/2010/09/323.html

Trisha
Missed Miscarriage
January 11, 2008
Columbus, Ohio

My story. One year of TTC. Positive pregnancy test: December 8th 2007. Missed miscarriage confirmed: January 11th 2008.

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Elisa
Mom to David Scott born February 17, 2010
Lost the fight for life on February 20, 2010
Leavittsburg, Ohio
 
It all started February 16th, 2010.
I was sitting at my in-laws house talking to my father-in-law. I had gotten up to use the bathroom and went in to talk to my husband Arthur who was at the computer.  I told him I think my water had broken or I hadn’t drained my bladder all the way, with being 39 weeks pregnant it was all possible that it could be either. So I went back into the bathroom and nothing so I went back out and told Arthur that it has to be my water, and as soon as I said that I feel a little gush and said yup it’s my water breaking.  I went back into the bathroom and climbed into the tub so I wouldn’t leak everywhere as Arthur made the necessary phone calls. Then he come and starts grabbing towels for the car for me to sit on, We all ( Arthur, his mom Karen, and sister Claire) head out to the car and run home and get the hospital bags and then to my mom’s house and pick her up and head to the hospital.

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Bethany
Mommy to Sebastian Rush Scott
Born still on August 12th, 2010 at 21 weeks and 5 days
Mount Vernon, OH
The first person I told that I was pregnant, was my two year old daughter, Liliana… before I even took a pregnancy test.  I already knew that she would be the best big sister ever.  The next day, the home pregnancy test read positive and I took her to the book store to find a book about becoming a big sister.  That very book was her way of breaking the news to daddy:) 


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Jill
Mom to ‘Spud’
BFP on May 11th, 2010, no heartbeat found on June 15th, 2010
Marysville, OH
It started in 2004, when we were married.

Shortly after that, we dropped the birth control because at that point it was fair game, bought a house and practiced with little preventing.  In 2006, we joked with friends and family that would ask us, “are you pregnant yet?” saying that we weren’t preventing, just practicing.


We joked about that for about 1 year, when I talked with my OB about not being able to conceive on our own.  After a few progesterone tests, an hsg, and an sa, we were diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility.

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Cassie
Mom to Audrey Taylor
Stillborn on May 5th, 2009
Ravenna, OH
I am writing this in hopes that someone out there, someone going through the same pain and misery I am can find some comfort and peace and find someone who knows how they feel.

My name is Cassie. I am 24 years old. I live in Northeast Ohio. I have a wonderful husband and an amazing and beautiful 4 year old. We have a cat and a dog. We just bought our first home.

Sounds pretty all American, doesn’t it?

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https://facesofloss.com/2010/09/247.html

Melanie
Mom to Sienna Jeane
Stillborn on January 7th, 2010
Amelia, OH
My story begins on the morning of January 7th 2010.  I was 31 weeks pregnant.  We were scheduled for a Level 2 ultrasound because of my fluids being on the low side since my 23 week ultrasound appointment.  We were the first appointment of the day and thought nothing of it when the tech said she was going to go see if the doctor had arrived.  They returned to the room and began looking around again.  After about 10 seconds the doctor said “that’s enough, I don’t know how to say this, but I am sorry, your baby has died”.  Those words will never leave me.  I called my dad and hearing him on the phone was heartbreaking. Everyone was on their way.

I had just seen the doctor 9 days before and everything seemed perfect.  I would be induced by 11 am. They took me down to the corner room at the very end of the hall.  I know now this was so I wouldn’t be around any other women in labor. They also took 20 vials of blood for testing.  It took 6.5 hours to get to 10 centimeters.

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