Because of another problem, blood clots in her uterus, Stacy was told to stay off work for the remainder of her pregnancy. She says she was told the baby was fine and she saw doctors weekly to ensure everything was okay.
Sixteen weeks into the pregnancy, Stacy went in for her routine exam. At this point the blood clots had healed and at the last appointment she had been told that her baby's heart sounded fine. However, this time the ultrasound took a long time. Eventually, the nurse stopped what she was doing and went over to a phone to make a call. Stacy said she asked to know what was going on, which is when she was given the devastating news: The nurse could not find the baby's heartbeat.
Stacy asked the nurse to try again, but still no heartbeat was found. Stacy was then rushed next door to meet with her doctor, but he could also not find a heartbeat. Her baby had died.
Stacy was sent to the hospital the next day for a medical procedure to deliver the baby. "I don't really remember a lot about it, but I know that night when I went home I cried a lot," Stacy says. "The next day, I kept telling my husband we should get a second opinion, but he said we had to go to the hospital."
Stacy also says she became very depressed and suffered from serious anxiety attacks. "I just kept thinking, 'What did I do wrong?'" Stacy says. "I felt so much guilt and I became very depressed. But there just was no answer for what had happened."
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The grief that accompanies losing a child never fully disappears. On the one-year anniversary of the fateful ultrasound, Stacy was hospitalized for a week with depression. She has since overcome her depression and had two years of counseling to help her deal with her loss. "Still, not a day goes by that I don't think about her," Stacy says. "That was a really bad time for my whole family."