Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. I’ve talked here before about my many losses, and have done a lot of work for #IHadAMiscarriage, helping to stop the stigma, the shame and the secrecy that comes with miscarriage and other losses, but since this day means a whole lot to me, I always like to contribute a little something to spread awareness and to help, (even in just the slightest way,) mothers who have experienced such heartbreaking losses.
Something that I read years ago that has stuck in my head as a small source of comfort is that some number of cells from every baby that a woman carries somehow travels up to her brain and stays there after the birth (or death) of the baby, and possibly for the rest of the woman’s life. So we literally carry a piece of all of our children with us, wherever we go, and wherever they are.
Hence, this print. It is available here and in my shop as a free downloadable print, and I would love for any of you who are touched by it to do whatever you would like with it. Print it and hang it on your wall. Use it as a screensaver. Or tuck it away in a box, like I have done with all of my ultrasounds, letters to my babies, etc. Hopefully it helps in some way.