Coping with the
With this powerful image of an embryo still inside the womb,
I tried to capture the heartbreak some of us have had.
The round shape of the drumhead
even more emphasizes the 'protection' of the womb.
Working on my latest paintings in my new studio.
Many parents are surprised by the emotions
they feel after a miscarriage.
They often feel shock and disbelief.
Life seems unreal for a time.
They express depression, anger (directed at themselves, their mates, a doctor, God, or even life in general), guilt, irritability, lack of interest in normal activities, sadness.
Many experience irregularities in sleeping or eating.
For a while some feel anger or sadness in the presence of babies or pregnant women.
There is really no answer to the question why.
There are certain specific medical problems we know of that cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
In many cases, especially in the first few months, we attribute the fault to some kind of chromosomal abnormality in the fetus.
Those that occur later in the pregnancy when the baby appears normal are often attributed to some maternal factor, such as uterine abnormalities.
But in the vast majority of cases, there is no obvious reason.
“I will not leave you comfortless. …
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.”
(John 14:18, 27.)
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