Monday, September 22, 2008

Child Loss in the Media

Here are some articles about child loss that have been in the media recently.
Feel free to link to this post, or post a comment if you have other articles to add to it.

Reader Advisory: these resources contain very heart wrenching, tear jerking material. Reader discretion advised.

People Magazine- "We Will See Maria Again"
When Gospel Star Steven Curtis Chapman's Youngest Daughter Was Accidentally Killed by An SUV Driven by His Son, the Family Faced a True Test of Faith. The Chapmans Share Their Story of Love, Loss and Healing

Stillborn Report from (video)

Newsweek Magazine- A Vast and Sudden Sadness
Every year some 26,000 babies die during or after the 20th week in their mothers' womb (a loss before that is considered a miscarriage) or die during birth. In at least half of all cases, doctors have no idea what went wrong. The impact is impossible to measure. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends—all must figure out how to absorb the vast and sudden sadness, to grieve and, in many instances, to reconcile with a God who has shaken their faith to its core.

Why infants still die from SIDS from
  • Fewer than 2,500 infant deaths this year will be classified as SIDS
  • SIDS may be underreported because causes of infant deaths are mislabeled
  • Researchers investigate brain-stem problems and undiagnosed genetic anomalies
  • Babies who begin daycare before 4 months of age may be at increased risk

  • Redbook Magazine- The Shadow Side of Motherhood
    Becoming a mom is one of life's greatest joys. But for some of us, the path to motherhood takes a gut-wrenching turn. Seven women share their journeys — and how they made it through.

    O Magazine-This Does Not Have to Be a Secret
    "Every day as I love this baby in my lap, I think of my other baby. Poor older brother, poor missing one. I see the infant before me, the glory of the soles of the feet, the lips fattened and glossy with nursing, the nose whose future Edward and I try to predict daily. The love for the first magnifies the love for the second, and vice versa."

    Lily Allen opens up about her Miscarriage
    Songstress Lily Allen reveals how her despair over a January 2008 miscarriage led her to spend three weeks in a psychiatric ward. “I was really depressed because of the miscarriage and I’d kind of lost the plot a bit,”

    I Lost My Toddler To Cot Death
    "Even before I went into his room, I knew something was wrong. I was used to hearing him play with his five-year-old sister, Abi - their laughter was my daily alarm clock. Not this morning."

    Gorilla Grieves Over Death Of Her Baby
    "This, perhaps, is one of the greatest gifts that a zoo can bestow - to show animals are very much like ourselves, and feel elation and pain," Adler said. "Gana lost a child, but I think in that loss, she taught people here so much."

    From Redbook Magazine- The Fertility Diaries:
    Part 1 of this series is not linked properly. But here are the other installments:

    The Fertility Diaries: 3 Friends, 3 Paths to Pregnancy
    This month, Jody copes with the stressful reality of reproductive treatments, Jenny faces her fear about the health of her baby, and a pregnant Carrie learns from her friends' struggles and losses.

    Fertility Diaries: They Dreamed of Motherhood Together
    As Jenny, Jody, and Carrie each face their own unique challenges, the friendship that has supported them on the path to becoming moms only grows stronger. Last
    Jody, Carrie, and Jenny look back at how far they've come together and look forward to a sweet future with their daughters.

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