Thursday, March 11, 2010

"No One Told Me I Could Cry"

By Connie Nykiel

“Sorrow makes us all children again.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

I teach childbirth education to pregnant teenagers. My job is to prepare young parents for parenthood. This includes the possibility of parenting a baby with a birth defect or being the parent of a baby that is miscarried, stillborn, or dies soon after birth.

This is the hardest class for me to teach. Young mothers don’t want to talk or think about it. It is their worst fear. I usually end up telling them that if it is too painful to think about their own babies dying, then listen and learn how to help others who have lost a baby. Full story.

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