Message from an Unborn Baby: A Poem of The Child's Loss and Love
I hear your laughter.
The sound of your voice.
Your singing, humming, soothing tones.
Soothing tones you sang to me.
You sang to me while I swam there.
While I swam, I felt your touch,
Your gentle loving caress.
I felt you feeling around for me,
Feeling because you could not see.
While I swam I felt you sigh,
Content I know you are.
I heard you clap when I kicked.
Herd you gasp when I stroked
And stretched and kicked again.
Then I outgrew my pool.
The water is murky now.
And when I kick and stretch and stroke,
I know pain and discomfort I provoke.
I'm almost through with my swimming.
My face you soon will see.
I'll treasure the time I spent with you.
I'll remember your love for me.
Its not your fault.
You did no wrong.
Father said I wouldn't stay.
He said as soon as I came out
It would be time to go away.
He said He did it to show He loves you.
And that you wouldn't understand.
But even when you don't want Him near,
He'll be holding your hand.
I hear your voice one last time.
I'm causing a lot of pain.
I'm going home now Mother dear.
But don't worry, you'll be fine.
I know my time with you was short,
But nine months was all my time.
An average of two million stillborn births occur every year, making that approximately 5479 stillbirths per day. Only 60 per cent are full term. Many of these were not expected and may have little to no explanation for its occurrence. In addition to this, 200-300 infants die within hours of being born. Parents who have experienced this loss go through a myriad of emotions. They may become angry at themselves, their partners, even God for what happened to their child. Feelings of resentment, disappointment, depression, among others may bombard the parents who are mourning the loss of an unborn child.
About The Poem
In Message from an Unborn Child, the child knows will not live beyond delivery and tries to encourage and console her. He wants her to know that he loves her and that he has unapologetic and unquestioningly accepted his fate. He knows she loves him and promises to never forget her love or his time with her.
The baby is not only telling her of his experience with her, he's planting images and memories so she can remember him and smile and be happy. In stanza three, he reminds her how happy she was and how she reacted to him; clapping and sighing contentedly when he moved.
He tells his mother what he heard while he was alive. He told her of her comforting laughter and the sound of her voice as she hummed and sang to him 'while he swam' in her womb. He recalls what he felt; the feeling of her hands as she ran them over her belly and when she felt around for him.
Support and Research
With the high number of fetus and infant deaths, a number of researchers, doctors and scientists have dedicated their careers to helping these parents, and trying to solve the problems leading up to these deaths.
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