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‘Every parent’s worst nightmare’: Breaking the silence on stillbirths

Originally posted on Global News:

VANCOUVER — Caitie Grange gave birth to her daughter Elizabeth Blake Shannon on April 22, 2015 at BC Women’s Hospital. Otherwise a healthy baby, little Elizabeth died in utero due to a knot in her cord.

“For some reason, when it’s a small baby, people just feel like ‘oh you’ll have another one and that will fill the hole.’ I’ve even had comments like that with the stillbirth, it was bad enough when it was miscarriages, but I’ve had people say to me when they’ve found out I’ve lost a baby, ‘well, another baby will come along,'” she said.

Grange said that due to some complications, she was followed closely during her pregnancy by doctors at the hospital but there was no reason to believe anything was seriously wrong.

“Four days after my last ultrasound at Women’s, I woke up to go to work and I felt her moving, like in the morning,”…

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Lea’s First Photo

We met her and there were not enough hours to cherish her. Moments fleeting. When you’re not even thinking rationally. Thankful that one of my nurses took a few photos of little Miss the first few hours into the world.

So, here, in all her glory is Miss Lea, 10 oz, 10 inches. Her profile is strikingly similar to her older brother.

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Lea