A book for bereaved parents, those who love them, and the professionals who care for them…
Mara Hill adores being a midwife. Each birth she’s attended has shaped her, changed her, and made grow into the professional she is. She finally gets the chance to have her own child and is more than up to the task. Relishing and fantasizing about a beautiful homebirth with her fellow midwives she fights to protect her vision as her pregnancy goes long overdue. Tragedy strikes when her baby dies in early labor and she must deliver her son stillborn. Her life spirals down into the darkness leaving friendships, joy, and even her profession, by the wayside. Struggling with newly destructive tendencies and suicidal fantasies, Mara must fight to stay alive. In the end, she prevails by the sharing of love within the community of bereaved families and by the watchful, loving, eye of her husband.
This memoir provides a social commentary on the culture war on birth, but more importantly it gives a voice to the silent cries of mother’s everywhere experiencing infant loss and unabashedly offers validation for the lives of their lost, cherished, children. It is raw, emotional, and even has a humorous side if a dry and dark one.
“You won’t be able to put this book down, and when you’ve finished, you will remember Brona for the rest of your life.” -Justine Clegg MS, LM President Association of Midwifery Educators
“Brutally honest, this book provides and authentic and rare glimpse into the heart of a grieving mother…” Joanne Cacciatore PhD, Founder MISS Foundation
“It’s time we start sharing our stories like this and listening to others as they share theirs.” -Cheryl Haggard, Cofounder Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
50% of proceeds go to the MISS Foundation, 25% goes to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
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