I lost my baby. 

I watch the nurse as she carries my child’s body away. She walks so slowly. So gently. I no longer remember that nurse’s face, but I can still see her moving with such care as she holds my little girl wrapped tightly in blankets. 

For two days, I sit, numb, in a hospital bed. The TV flashing. Phone calls, forms, cremation arrangements. Nurses and doctors float in and out of the room. I don’t hear what they are saying but nod my head pretending to listen. 

My mind can’t think. I simply stare blankly ahead at the white, sterile wall. 

Minutes and hours swirl together until I am released from the cocoon of the hospital room. I sit in a wheelchair clutching my stack of papers and small bag of keepsakes as we navigate hallways dotted with smiling mothers and the sound of newborn cries.

Exposed and raw, I hang my head low in defeat. I squeeze my eyes so tightly in pain and prayer that the tears are unable to escape; I want to be invisible. 

Outside, I feel the cool morning air and sun on my skin. We drive home in silence. 

I recognize nothing. 

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Time slows to a stop and the horrific, unplanned reality comes crashing down. I feel her phantom kicks in my hollow abdomen. My C-section incision throbs and cramps as I curse my engorged, aching breasts. I physically feel the emptiness settling in my broken heart. 

I imagine her lifeless body being kept in a freezer. I imagine my perfect, little girl being driven to the crematorium. My baby is alone. Alone. No one to hold her, no one to comfort her. I need to be with her. I am her mother and I need to be with her. 

The thoughts buzz angrily in my head. I can’t escape the unnatural ache of being childless. 

I feel sick. 

I spend my days trying to find ways to pass the time, searching desperately for some form of comfort. I will my legs to move, force myself to walk. I wander around from room to room in a dazeback and forth, back and forth, back and forth like a caged animal pacing aimlessly. 

Inevitably, I wind up standing in front of her crib staring at her belongings. I anxiously flip through ultrasound pictures trying to remember every detail. I replay the memories of my time with her, burning the minutes into my brain, so I don’t forget a second. It is not enough. I curl up on the floor or the bed, clutching her hospital blanket, and sob uncontrollably. Anguish turns to exhaustion and eventually sleep overtakes me. 

I wake in the middle of the night, my body longing to be with her, the bedroom swallowed in calm darkness, and I cry quietly into my pillow. 

Morning brings the hazy realization that this life of mine isn’t a dreamher empty crib is my truth. I cry.

I cry when my husband leaves for work. I cry making toast. I cry in the shower staring at my mutilated and deformed body. I cry in the car. I cry at the store, in the parking lot, in the shampoo aisle. 

I cry so long and hard, at times believing my tears are the only connection I have to her; that they form an invisible string holding her in Heaven, and if I stop she will somehow be forgotten. The fear of forgetting my child . . .

More tears. 

I never realized a soul could spill so many tears.

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Suddenly, anger boils and rages. I scream hysterically, uncontrollably, only to be left crumpled and breathless on the floor in front of a growing shrine of sympathy cards and flowers. 

This loss has brought me to the edge of madness. I don’t know what I want.

I don’t want noise, I don’t want silence. I don’t want to be alone, I don’t want to be near anyone. I want to be held, but I do not want to be touched. 

I need everything to stop spinning and the excruciating emptiness to end

Helpless. I can’t fight anymore. 

I force myself to breathe as I take grief’s hand and simply surrender. I allow myself to feelall of it.

Another deep breath.



Originally published on Still Standing Magazine

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Amy Givler

Mother and freelancer living in Maryland. Lover of little details and all things pretty. A self-proclaimed watermelon slicing expert and firm believer that coffee is its own food group. Writes about love and loss to honor the memory of her daughter while exploring a journey of renewed hope with her two bubbly little boys.

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