Surviving a pregnancy loss can be very difficult. After a miscarriage you may experience a roller coaster of emotions, as well as physical symptoms, as your body recovers.
Grief and Loss
According to the National Stillbirth Society, stillbirth is defined as the intrauterine death and subsequent delivery of a developing infant that occurs beyond 20 completed weeks of gestation.
To fully understand my story, you have to travel through my pregnancy journeys. Each experience helped pave the way to the next.
In November, I was 12 weeks pregnant with my first child. Little did I know that just a few days later I would lose my baby. What is a curse or a blessing?
On October 9, 1996, at 7:30 a.m., I gave birth to a 1 lb. 1 oz baby girl, Laura Ann Douglas. We spent the better part of an hour holding her before it was time to say goodbye. She was perfectly formed from head to toe. The cause of her death was cruelly obvious. There was a knot in her umbilical cord...
by Carol Ruth Blackman
Losing a child affects parents in many ways. Survival skills are needed to keep your marriage strong after losing your baby. We'll look first at the differences between husbands and wives, then discuss some of the dangers to be aware of and include suggestions for successfully surviving the natural differences between a husband's and wife's grief and the dangers which arise after loss.
It takes courage to try again when your previous pregnancy ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. As you know only too well from past experience, there is no guarantee that you'll end up with a storybook happy ending nine months down the road.
Once you realize that getting pregnant and having babies isn't going to "come naturally" to you, fear can start creeping up your spine like a million spiders. Fear of failure, fear of a miscarriage...you have to be willing to risk it all, dive in headfirst and pray that in the end you will have a little bundle of joy to love and raise.
On September 18 I gave birth to my first daughter. For 9 days she graced us with her presence. This is our story...
Young children through early teen years need something visible and hands-on to help them work through feelings of sadness, fear, anger, and other associated grief emotions. One ritual that has been found to be very healing is carried out with a clay pot.