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My Sweet Angel

My Sweet Angel
4/6/09 4:45 pm 4 lbs 1 oz 17 inches

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scentsy Fundraiser...1 week only!

25% of anything purchased from this link before Sept 30 goes back to Elise's Honor Event on Oct. 15.
If you have never heard of scentsy , they are a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles.  They are decorative warmers designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame.  The wax only gets as hot as body temperature and there is no fire.  Not to mention they smell super yummy!  Check it out!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ticket Liquidator Donation

I've posted before about all the mail I have been receiving as donations to Elise's Event.  Each and every one means the world to me...that someone somewhere read Elise's story and took the time to send me a product of some sort to help raise money for Elise's Memorial Fund at First Candle.  TicketLiquidator in particular touched my heart.  It wasn't the donation item or amount, it was the presentation.  Similar to the warm fuzzy feeling I got when I saw the postcard from the Raven's addressed to Elise, this one brought tears to my eyes.   Someone took the time to not only check out my blog, but to copy Elise's picture and First Candle's logo to include on the certificate.  It is simply stunning...don't you agree?  :)
In addition to the certificate, they also sent a pile of coupons to use on their site...check 'em out at

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Can Teach My Child

One of my favorite educational (as opposed to baby loss) blogs is by a woman named Jenae, she reminds me a lot of myself and has pretty much created the blog I always envisioned of creating.  I mostly follow it on FaceBook, but once in a while I get some time to actually go read the blog posts and I am always inspired.  When I read that she was going to be starting a series of guest posts titled "Finding Triumph in the Midst of Tragedy"  I just knew I had to share my story...HERE it is!  
Thank you Jenae for allowing me to share my story with your readers and for such an all around amazing educational blog!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Oct 15 @ MacGregor's Restaurant

Food Includes:

Crab Balls, Chicken Tenders, Meatballs, Vegetable Egg Rolls, Spinach Ryeloaf, Brushetta, Cheese Display, Fresh Vegetable Display, Pirates Booty, Desserts, Coffee, Iced Tea, and Soda.

There will be a cash bar for alcohol.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Raising Awareness

In keeping with the first part of my mission for Elise's Honor Family Event, I want to educate people about stillbirth.  If you have made it to my site, than I have already raised your awareness, but that is not enough.  If you know me personally then you have seen first hand how this tragedy impacts people, but if you don't know me, it is still sort of an enigma...something that only happens to other people.  I think the hardest part for me is that most of the time I am "ok" so it probably looks from the outside that "I am over it"  or maybe people think I am "dwelling" on it, but if you truly take a minute to step back and think about it, I think it is easy to see that none of this is true.  Far too often I hear "I can't imagine" and I think the truth of the matter is people don't WANT to imagine.  Who would want to think about their baby dying?  I'm not suggesting you do, I'm just suggesting you really think about what it must be like to live nearly 9 months, growing, creating, protecting, loving, planning a new life inside of you only to have it taken away in an instant.  So, what about miscarriage, those who experience a miscarriage only "knew" their baby for a few weeks...LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, you only need to know for a second that you are pregnant with a baby for your ENTIRE life to change....your daily routines, your plans for the future, your hopes, your dreams, and again all are shattered without warning and there is usually ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do about it.  It is completely devastating.
But, I digress... :)
Here are some facts about stillbirth:
  • Stillbirth is defined as the death of a baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy or greater in the United States (other countries use different ages...The World Health Organization defines a stillbirth as the death of a baby after 22 completed weeks of pregnancy, or when the baby weighs at least 500 grams)
  • Babies die in the womb for many reasons, Stillbirth is NOT a cause of death. It is a description of when a baby dies. Rarely are these deaths caused by something a woman did or did not do. 
  • According to the most recent statistics available, the United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world (the highest for Industrialized countries). 
  •  More than 26,000 babies are stillborn every year, with more than half occurring during the last trimester of pregnancy(some statistics say as many as 30,000 babies are stillborn a year in the United States, but there is a lack of consistent standards of stillbirth reporting resulting in the dscrepency.)
  • 4.5 million stillbirths occur each year worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO)  12,000 women worldwide deliver a stillborn baby each day.
  • Approximately 1 out of every 115-160 (depending on statistics) deliveries in the United States ends in stillbirth.   
  • Anywhere from 70-90 babies are born still each day in the United States.
  • There are no identifiable risk factors for stillbirth and they cut across all socio-economic classes, races, religions, body types and maternal age groups.  They are completely unpredictable.
  • Most babies lost during pregnancy are completely healthy. 
  • Only 28 states offer a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth.  It usually takes YEARS of campaigning to get a bill passed for this.   Maryland was the 5th state to offer CBRS
  • Another 500,000 are lost to miscarriage (death of an infant in-utero before 20 gestational weeks) each year.   
  • 1 in 4 women will be affected by pregnancy loss 

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