Honestly, I don’t even know how to start this post.  It’s not something I ever wanted to write about. 

With permission from my friend Naveen, I want to share just a few words before pointing you directly to his Go Fund Me page as well as his Facebook fundraiser

Our good friends, Naveen and his wife Shaylee, lost their baby girl Sonum at 39 weeks and 6 days to an umbilical cord accident.  Devastating doesn’t even begin to describe what N+S and their families went through and continue to go through. 

In memory of their beautiful Sonum and true to who they are, they’re making it their mission to educate the masses and bring awareness to umbilical cord accidents by partnering with a non-profit organization called Star Legacy Foundation. 

Stillbirths affect 1 in every 160 deliveries, yet this outcome doesn’t receive the attention and funding necessary to prevent it from happening in the first place.  Let me put it this way, stillbirths are more common than SIDS cases.  I understand why SIDS receives the attention it does and how important it is to educate families on how it happens, but after what happened to Naveen and Shaylee, I came across more stories, blogs, articles about stillbirths than I thought I would.

I don’t know, I just feel like this can’t be the outcome to a healthy pregnancy.  It just can’t.  There needs to be some kind of monitoring done to check for umbilical cord placement, obstruction, etc.  Hopefully, the Star Legacy Foundation can get it done sooner rather than later.

And that’s where all of you come in.  If you have the means, I’d really appreciate it if you could donate whatever you’re able to Naveen’s Go Fund Me page or Facebook Fundraiser.  I know N+S would too. 

Thanks, everyone.  I know this is a heavy post, but I wanted to share a sliver of Naveen, Shaylee, and Sonum’s story.  Regardless of whether or not you donate, please keep all parents who don’t get to bring their babies home in your prayers. 

By Parita

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