Thank you so much for considering donating to the SHARE Program at Edward Hospital in memory of our beautiful daughter Layla.
On May 2, 2018, I had a regular OB appointment where the doctor checked for Layla's heartbeat with a doppler, and I heard the wonderful "thump thump" going at about 135bpm. The next day, at a previously scheduled ultrasound appointment, we found out our baby passed away less than 24 hours after hearing her heartbeat for the last time. Layla had lived inside me for 23 weeks and 1 day. I was admitted to labor and delivery that night to be induced. After 20 1/2 hours of labor, Layla was born on May 4, 2018.
One in four pregnancies end in a loss, and one in one hundred sixty pregnancies end in stillbirth - the loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks - but my daughter is not defined as a "stillbirth," a "loss," or a "just wasn't meant to be" pregnancy. My daughter was very much planned, wanted, and loved by all. Layla is our firstborn. Layla is the first grandchild for both sets of grandparents. Layla is also the first great-grandchild for both sets of her great-grandparents. Layla is our baby, our daughter, our child who we were blessed to have had on earth with us for 23 weeks.
SHARE and the staff at Edward Hospital have been the best support throughout the toughest time of our life. SHARE and Edward treated Layla like any other baby. The staff weighed her, measured her, bathed her, dressed her, and wrapped her in a swaddle before giving me her to hold. They took her footprints, they took our pictures, and they made sure she was baptized. SHARE made sure my daughter was treated with dignity even though she wasn't able to take her first breath. SHARE has provided me a place that I look forward to going to every other week to grieve my daughter, share her story, remember her, and help others who have also had their babies pass away.
Please help me raise money for the SHARE Program at Edward Hospital - a cause that is near and dear to my heart - by donating to my page for this year's Walk to Remember.
The SHARE program supports parents who have experienced ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death by providing bereavement programs, support meetings, a remembrance garden, events and most importantly, a loving community.