October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. As many of you know, this is near and dear to my heart, as we have experienced multiple losses.
I have been (and will continue to be throughout October) honored to spend time with fellow loss mamas, capturing their stories and love for their babies. Some of these stories will be shared with video, some text, some simply photographs. I welcome you to join in remembering our babies and bringing awareness and normalcy to talking about these short but precious lives.
After 6 years of infertility, April became pregnant with twins via in vitro fertilization in 2012. At 8 weeks, they discovered she had lost one of the twins, whom they named Tiny. The second twin continued to grow and thrive until April went into labor at 20 weeks. Despite her doctors best efforts, Julia Hope was born still at 21 weeks.
April was blessed with a pregnancy a year later and, after spending months on bed rest and lots of medication due to an incompetent cervix, welcomed a daughter named Raelyn.
Desiring a sibling for her daughter, she decided to try a frozen embryo transfer when Raelyn was 8 months old, using embryos from her previous IVF cycle. The IVF was successful and April was again pregnant; however, she miscarried Flash shortly after.
“Please don’t be afraid to ask about all of my babies. Speak their name and know that they are a part of my Momma journey.” – April