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I am 1 in 4: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

Note: I published this post in a personal blog a little over 3 years ago while I was pregnant with my 1st son.  I hadn’t looked back at it much since the year I wrote it.  I never saw reason to. Yesterday though, I read a post from a midwife sharing her personal story.  Emotions rushed back to me; I knew I had to revisit this post; I knew I had to share it again.

It had taken me almost 4 years, but finally, I am ready to remember:

I am 1 in 4.

Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mother.

I knew I wanted a house, a husband, and kids.

I had many dreams, many of which changed throughout my life, but my desire to have a family was the one aspiration that stayed constant.

“Today as I write this, Wednesday November 5, 2014, I am officially 23 weeks pregnant with my first child.”

I had always thought I would log every moment of pregnancy, but it is only now that I finally feel comfortable enough and confident enough to put things into words.

Here’s why…

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“February of 2013, I miscarried my first pregnancy at 4 weeks.”

I hadn’t known I was pregnant, but I did think I might be.

After a night of severe cramping and heavy bleeding, I visited a public clinic to have myself “checked out”.

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“While I was hoping to hear news of a pregnancy, the “nurse midwife” attending to me was so rude, so insensitive and so nasty that I honestly left feeling belittled and as if I had somehow done something wrong.”

She very matter-of-factly told me that no, I wasn’t pregnant, and she said it as if, with her results, she had won some competition that I hadn’t known we were in.

She assumed I had poor health, which baffled me because I had began my journey to vegetarianism a few months before, yet, here she was telling me that her numbers and figures from my urine samples; and the presence of blood and tissue; suggested otherwise.

She assumed my husband was my “friend”, whatever that means, and seriously spoke to me with such an attitude anyone watching would think we’d had animosity prior to this appointment.

I didn’t know this woman, and as far as I knew, she didn’t know me.  She was in her 60s(at least) so there was no way we could have had mutual friends or even mutual enemies.

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To this day the only thing I can reason is that I was treated the way I was treated because I was young, black, female and in a public health clinic, which to her meant I was poor…which apparently means you don’t have feelings and that every ailment that befalls you has done so because of your indifference, ignorance, and negligence of your health.

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“Whatever the case, in the midst of all this undue hostility, I’m sitting across from my new enemy, slash health care provider, with a broken heart and completely confused about everything. “

I’m not pregnant…

which is a disappointment to me…

but I’m also not having my cycle which is…

what is this?

Emotionally bruised and a bit traumatized, I go home and google my symptoms.


“From my own very short research I discover I’ve just had a miscarriage.”

This hurts even more.

What I can’t seem to figure out though, is how could this 60 something woman, who has worked in women’s health all these years, not know or even entertain miscarriage as the issue?

How could she be so insensitive?

How could she be so…mean?

Why did everything BUT this cross her mind?

My devastation from learning of my loss…

coupled with my anger at replaying the appointment in my head…

tied in with my awakened personal interest in natural alternatives to women’s health…

in addition to the knowledge of the abuses black women have suffered at the hands of modern healthcare…

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“This moment solidified my distrust of all things standardized medicine.”

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I think part of me somehow blamed this woman for my loss.

I didn’t realize it then, but looking back on it, I think that’s where I put the focus of my hurt and my anger.

Since, up to that point in my life, I was a control freak when it came to my emotions (I was convinced I could control them by willing them away as opposed to working through them), I resolved to defeat this woman and all the white coats she stood for.


“I resolved to overcome this hurt and outsmart her by doing anything related to my personal female health–on my own.”

So that’s part one of a 3 part series.

I guess if I had to sum this part up, it’d probably be labeled as “Chapter 1” in a lesson that God understood I needed in my life.

As sad as it seemed then, in the middle of it, the “aha” I’ve gotten in the end is well worth the pain I endured to get it.

Isn’t God a master teacher in that way?

Well my interests in women’s health still remain, and I’ve trained as a birth doula since this was written.

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So what is your experience with Infant Loss?  Do you have a similar situation you’d like to share?  Has a loved-one or friend battled with Infant Loss?  How would you say it has affected them?  How has it affected you?

Leave your comments below.

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Until next post, Peace.

6 responses to “I am 1 in 4: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness”

  1. I had a miscarriage in 2006 and a stillbirth in 2009. I remember distinctly with my miscarriage, feeling so angry after going to the hospital and being told that I should have a D&C. I refused, and with my midwife’s permission, I took herbs to help initiate labor. And I’m so thankful I did it that way, it seemed more ceremonial if you will. With my stillbirth, I was 7 months pregnant, with a baby boy. Though this is rare, I had two African-American women doctors who were on call that night, and they were so gentle with me, and it made the pain a little bit more bearable as I delivered my little son. He was so perfect, but his journey ended with me after 7 months, though I will never forget how he made me feel and how I changed deep inside. These experiences made me more in touch with life, and how fleeting it is, and it also made me that much more thankful for the two healthy pregnancies I had with my daughters. Thank you for this post!

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