Pregnancy and infant loss is never easy. The passing often takes with it shattered hearts and dreams of a future far different than the reality. Having to go through this process while still being called on to serve others -- whether that role is bearing work responsibilities, as "mom" for other children, coping with deteriorating health of parents or in-laws, or simply juggling your relationship with your partner -- 'overwhelming' doesn't even come close.
We grow up thinking that babies aren't supposed to die. They're meant to outlive their parents and live in a future generation. Unfortunately, reality teaches us that this is not always the case.
Once your milk supply is established, stopping abruptly causes certain physical changes. Your breasts will continue to produce milk for a while, you may become engorged, and possibly develop mastitis. Here are some suggestions that may minimize your discomfort, and avoid potential problems.
How does a parent move beyond the guilt of losing a child? How can a parent shed the painful feelings of inadequacy? How does a parent ever find a way to let go of the guilt?
The 13th chromosome contains blueprints that direct a baby's development in the early weeks following conception. When a child has an extra 13th chromosome, as is the case in Trisomy 13, the genetic messages are confused and contradictory. Even the mildest forms of this syndrome can be devastating.
I speak of you, to your sister, to your Grandmother, your Grandfather. I carry your pictures with me wherever I go. When asked how many children I have, I am always proud to say I have two. I have one in heaven and one on earth.
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.
On September 18 I gave birth to my first daughter. For 9 days she graced us with her presence. This is our story...
Following the death of a young child everything changes. Probably the most significant changes that occur come from within the heart of a grieving parent. A parent will often feel so strangely different that the question will be asked time and time again, "Who am I?"
Probably the single most difficult thing to face is the reality that your child will not physically be with you during the holiday. Because the word holiday reminds us of such things as parties, family gatherings, and festive occasions