Mother shares pictures from the heart of the moment she gave birth to her baby after his heart stopped beating for 32 weeks.
Christie Watson of Victoria, Australia, made the decision to publish the pictures on Facebook in the hope that "no mother, no family will have to go through the pain, heartbreak and loss" she suffered.
The 20-year-old said it was difficult to accept pregnancy as a single mother after three miscarriages, but called it "the most beautiful experience."
She praised her body for being strong enough to carry a baby when she did not believe she could, but 26 weeks after her pregnancy she had an idea that something was wrong.
"I knew something was wrong," she explained. "From the terrible swelling in my feet, my hands and face, the headaches that went on for weeks, the blurry vision, my blood pressure rising and falling, I knew it was not a normal pregnancy syndrome.
"But after several visits by doctors, both inside and outside the hospital, even trying to contact another hospital for a second opinion, I was told it was normal."
Kristi claims that for the next six weeks she has been sent back and forth home after sharing her worries with the doctors.
It was not until the nurse sat on the edge of her bed, 32 weeks and five days into the pregnancy that she discovered she had pre-eclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure in the urine protein.
The nurse also told Kristi that her baby was no longer beating.
Three days later, she was induced and worked a 12 hour job before finally getting hold of her lifeless baby, who is named Kaycen.
She washed it, put it on in his baby clothes, and put it in a bed surrounded by bears.
She warned the women to listen to their intestines, "she fights for answers" and make sure they listen.
"I felt my son's last movements on July 26 at about 8.30, and then I could not find the heartbeat the next day at 6:00," Kristi said.
"I had to go from my life line, my world to turn around and be healthy in my stomach and then be induced to satisfy my old baby.
"I lost my little boy because the system let me down and did not listen to me when I knew something was wrong.
"I had to see my family so breaking down over the loss of their nephew, my grandson and cousin and me, because no one cared enough to help me when I needed it.
"I want people to know my story so they know when their stomach tells them something is wrong to fight for answers, to drive back and forth until they know what's going on, to make sure they listen.
"Because now I have to go home to a nursery full of everything I needed to raise my little boy.
"To an empty bed my son never lay on, to books I had never read, to his favorite outfit, I had never dressed at all, because I had not heard.
"Now I'm going home to empty hands with a broken heart so it will take a long time to heal."
She finished her heartbreaking position by asking other women to listen to what their bodies were trying to tell them-and insisted that the doctors examine them until they had an answer.
"Please, listen to your body, I know that some people do not have to go through the pressure I had to spend weeks leading to my son's death.
"We have to take care of ourselves equally, and I could not imagine that another mother should feel like they were failing their child as I should have."
Preeclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy or immediately after their baby is delivered.
The signs should be picked up on prenatal appointments, but in some cases these symptoms can develop, described by the NHS
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, face, and hands resulting from fluid retention
- Strong headache
- Vision problems
- Pain just below the ribs
Although many cases of preeclampsia are mild, it can lead to severe complications for the mother and baby if not monitored and treated. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the prediction.
If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical advice immediately by your midwife, GP, or NHS 111 referral.
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