They Were Still Born - Personal Stories about Stillbirth
epub | 3.32 MB | English | Isbn:978-1-4422-0412-6 | Author: Janel C. Atlas | PAge: 280 | Year: 2010
Category:Perinatology & Neonatology, Pediatric Perinatology & Neonatology, Pregnancy & Childbirth


Stillbirth, defined as the death of an infant between 20 weeks' gestation and birth, is a tragedy repeated thirty thousand times every year in the United States. That means more than eighty mothers a day feel their babies slip silently from their bodies,the only sound in the delivery room their own sobs. Eighty stillborn babies a day means heartbroken families mourn the death of children who will never breathe, gurgle, learn to walk, or go to school. In 2006, Janel Atlas became one of those mothers wholeft the hospital with empty arms; her second daughter, Beatrice Dianne, was stillborn at 36 weeks. Reaching out for comfort, she realized a dire need shared by so many others like her, and so was born a collection of new essays by writers each sharing their firsthand experiences with stillbirth. Atlas includes selections not only from mothers but also fathers and grandparents, all of whom have intimate stories to share with readers. In addition, there are selections that answer...

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