When the Nightmare is Real: A Mother’s Journey Through Stillbirth

One in four women will experience a miscarriage. In the United States, one in 160 babies will be stillborn—delivered without a heartbeat. But despite these numbers, the realities of life after pregnancy and infant loss are still mostly undiscussed in our culture. We love to share pictures of baby bumps and cake smashes; no one wants to talk about babies who have died, or the parents who mourn them every day, walking through life with holes in their hearts.

Over the coming months, Milwaukee With Kids will feature a series of articles that explore one mother’s journey through the grief of loving a child who has died. It is our hope that by sharing these reflections, we can help grieving parents feel less alone, and help the people who love them better understand what they’re going through.

Together, we can create a more supportive culture for bereaved parents.