Ten years ago, pregnant with my third son, I had terrible preeclampsia during the 24 week and it posed a danger to my life. The baby didn’t grow enough inside me and I was forced to terminate the pregnancy and then give birth to him. The procedure of injecting into the fetus’ heart and then giving birth was very difficult both physically and emotionally. Other than the hospital staff, which did their best, there was no one to assist me emotionally or help me make decisions such as – whether to bury him with other baby’s or request our own funeral, to see him and part with him, how to return home empty handed and more… I had to cope inward – into the heart-ache and empty belly; and outward – to the things that friends said or their silence. They really didn’t know how to help me or be with me through this hardship. I started out on my own. I found a support group and later found emotional and medical support. I went to stages of accepting what happened to me, yet throughout the journey I found I was in a silenced reality, a quiet mourning that was not familiar to the people around me and that no one knew how to handle this pain. My wish is that there will be an organization that will assist and accompany couples through the pain of stillbirth, both in coping with the medical procedures and emotionally afterwards.
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