All I Heard Was 'Fetal Demise'


Image Credit: Julie Peck


On Monday, August 15, 2022, I went if for my 17-week prenatal checkup.


No heartbeat could be found.


All I can remember is being moved from room to room three times to do ultrasounds, and seeing various doctors.


All I heard was “fetal demise."


I was given medication that same day and had to take it 24 hours before returning on Wednesday to deliver my baby boy.


However, I went in on Tuesday night due to leaking fluid and cramps.


They admitted me and started the process.


The next morning, August 17, at 6 a.m., I was zero centimeters dilated when my water broke. By 6:47 a.m. I was dilated enough that my sweet baby boy, Mathias, entered this world.


I was able to get 24 hours with him before they took him to be picked up by the funeral home.


I was able to get skin to skin with my angel and lots of cuddles. My heart is broken but my story needs to be heard.


Thank you Julie Peck for sharing your story. Shared with permission.



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