A Grieving Mother Becomes Inspired
By Erica Willenbring with Holly Herndon
When I began feeling discomfort, I didn’t think anything of it. After all, I was twenty weeks pregnant with triplets, who were sharing the limited real estate of my torso with my stomach, bladder, and spleen.
But discomfort soon became pain and bleeding, so my husband Aaron and I hurried to the hospital, leaving our daughter Sydney with my parents. I remember thinking I would be on bed rest for a long time, and it would be hard, but never once did I think I would lose the babies.
It was hard to understand why I was lying in a hospital bed. Previously, I had been experiencing an ideal pregnancy for multiples—each had an amniotic sac and placenta—so I was shocked and devastated when a nurse told me I was in labor. I was five months early and, despite the doctors’ efforts, they could do nothing to stop the progression of my contractions.