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How Olivia came to this world, and left too soon
On the 16th January, at 39 weeks of pregnancy - just one more week to go
till the due date - I cycled to the regular checkup.
The midwife could not hear baby's heartbeat; I went to the hospital to do
an extra check, Camiel joined me, and they confirmed: the baby was dead.
This was such a shock: until then everything was fine, and I didn't feel
any changes at all. I wanted to have a Cesarian as soon as possible, but
they told me that it's better if I give birth naturally. Still, I didn't
want to wait; I wanted to at least induce the delivery -- but the nature
That same night I got waken up by the contractions, and on the way from my
bed to the car I gave birth to Olivia - at home, in the hallway, with only
Camiel to help.
We still went to the hospital, where they examined me and Olivia, could
not see any reason for her not to be alive -- but it was true,
We left her there, came to say goodbye with family the next day, but later
changed our minds and brought her home (we could keep her thanks to the
She was with us for six days, until 23rd, when we had a welcome and
good-bye ceremony, and a cremation. Many many friends came to see her, for
the first and the last time.
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