Hirsch’s Silent Birth

A nice couple, organic farmers whom I had met the previous year, were pregnant and seeing my friend Lori,for their care as they planned their homebirth. This very healthy Jewish couple was looking forward to the birth of their first baby.
Sadly, when the mom was 34 weeks and four days, the mother felt that something was not right. Lori stopped by their home to listen and could not hear the baby’s heartbeat. She called me from the road as she drove to the hospital, ultimately for confirmation of the baby’s death.

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About Author: Tammi L. McKinley

Tammi L. McKinley, LM, CPM, is a midwife based in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to attending the homebirths of live babies, Tammi’s passion is in serving families facing prenatal or perinatal loss. Tammi is the creator of the Northern Virginia Prenatal and Perinatal Loss Resources Web site, novababyloss.org. She can be reached at [email protected].

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