Heartbroken mother Natalie Morgan writes tribute to stillborn daughter
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A mother has written a heartbreaking tribute to her stillborn daughter and urged parents to appreciate the gift of their children.
Natalie Morgan (29), from Florida, posted the tribute to Facebook with images of her daughter Eleanor Josephine on September 11 and hundreds of thousands have shared her post.
Natalie and her husband Brian were informed that their daughter had died 40 weeks and six days into her pregnancy.
“I keep having flashbacks to that moment. It's a crippling, all-consuming feeling of utter suffocation, and a memory that will haunt me for the rest of my life," wrote Natalie.
She describes how difficult it was to go through labour "knowing it was all for nothing".
“Then finally, after those hellish hours of labor, she was placed on my chest - gorgeous, but lifeless. There was no reason to expect that first little cry from her.
“Instead, it was me who sobbed. I begged her through my tears to wake up: ‘Please wake up, baby girl...please, wake up. Why won't you cry for mommy? Please, please, please....just wake up.’”
She added, “I was helpless to change anything. My body was supposed to keep her safe, and instead it killed her.”
Stillbirths occur when a child dies after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Natalie asked parents with children to "please just remember, while you're awake at 3am because you have a baby in your arms keeping you up that late, I'm up at 3am because I don't.”
She asked them to “find the tiniest bit of strength within you to keep going, and say a prayer of gratitude for your child, as difficult as it may be in that moment.”