Grieving a stillbirth
December 12th, 2019
Thirty-nine weeks and six days pregnant, Emma Hansen’s baby stops moving inside of her. Doctors confirm her baby is dead due to a true knot in his umbilical cord. For medical reasons, she must deliver him. Only nine days later, deeply grieving, Hansen turns to writing an essay that she posts on her website with photos from the delivery room. It goes viral. Messages flood in from people with similar experiences. Still grieving, Hansen is driven to better understand stillbirth. Out of this mixture of emotional turmoil and effort to learn about what she, along with two and a half million women annually, undergo with a stillbirth, Hansen writes her first book, Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood (Greystone $24.95) to find a way to live with the loss. The book is scheduled to be on book shelves in April 2020. In addition to writing, Emma Hansen is also a trained doula. Her father is Rick Hansen, the disability activist and a former Paralympian.