I agree so completely. After 5 years of marriage my daughter finally became pregnant via in-vitro fertilization. She (and husband) were excited and expectant in more ways than one. She quit her occasional cigarette, drank no alcohol, took prenatal supplements, and followed doctors’ instructions to the letter. Baby furniture, supplies, and clothing were purchased. Names were chosen. Baby books read. All went well for the first 3-1/2 months. Ultra sound revealed a strong heartbeat. At 4 months she and husband went in for tests to determine sex of the baby (at no time would my daughter refer to him/her as the fetus). Ultra sound indicated no heartbeat. The baby had died in the womb. Daughter had to undergo labor with the foreknowledge that she would deliver a dead baby. The baby was a girl. Post mortem tests revealed her to be perfectly formed and developed for 4 months. The enormous grief (especially for my daughter) was exactly the same as it would be for the loss of any loved one. Daughter is recovering and will try again. How healthy babies (fetuses if one insists) can be blithely dispatched by a pregnant doctor is beyond my ken.
posted on 10/16/2009 11:14:36 AM PDT
(Worse than we could have imagined.)
Prayer up for your daughter.
posted on 10/16/2009 11:59:34 AM PDT
I’m so sorry for her loss.
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