I always enjoyed going to get my routine checkups. And having ultrasounds was always so exciting. March 10th was no different. I was 19 weeks and had a routine ultrasound. The doctor said everything looked great. But to my horror, at 20 weeks I was in premature labor. I was hospitalized for 4 days trying to save our baby. On March 23, 2014 at 21 weeks our third child, Love Speed, was born. It was too early for her to make an appearance into the world. She lived for a little over an hour and our lives were changed forever. Our family was incomplete and our hearts were shattered
We were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting our third child. This baby was going to make our family complete. Typically I would wait until after the first trimester to let the world know but I was so excited and felt confident that all was ok. And it was...other than the typical first trimester nausea. So once the nausea was gone and the first trimester was over I felt like a pro. After all, I did this 2 times previously.
In the midst of my grieving I wanted to find a way to comfort other families who would unfortunately also experience perinatal loss. I wanted to find a way to let these families know that they are not alone and there are people and organizations that can help them through this painful time in their life.
I could hardly function. My whole being had been changed. I was afraid to be around people that I knew. I took time off of work and the thought of returning was scary. I felt very unsure of myself and life. Sleep was almost impossible. Everything was different.
Love's Foundation exists to help parents with the emotional distress and heartache
associated with making final arrangements for their precious baby who has passed away. Our hope is that Love's Foundation will allow grieving parents to focus on their healing and lessen their financial burden.
Jennifer & Scott Speed