When the Bough Breaks
Babies die. It’s a terrible truth, but a truth nonetheless.
Much has been written on grief and loss, but little focuses on the unique devastation that threatens to crush a family and those close to them after the loss of an anticipated baby.
Our second pregnancy culminated in a joyous birth, and began a life that lasted 2200 minutes. Labouring through our baby’s dying was unprecedented in our family’s experience.
“What struck me first was the silence—babies, babies everywhere, but not a cry, not a whimper. Babies in NICU are either comatose or on a respirator. Only the parents cry in the Neonatal ICU.”
Join me as I tell the story of our family’s search for a new normal.
Parents, relatives and friends going through a similar event will gain insight into how we managed to persevere or, at times, simply abide.