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In the Shade of Ava's Tree: Surviving HELLP, Stillbirth, and Rebirth Paperback – October 7, 2015
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In addition, I think the author does an amazing job of bringing awareness to HELLP syndrome by writing about everything that she endured. I don't think that enough people know about this life-threatening condition, and I think more must be done to talk about it so that women are educated and know they are not alone.
If you are a mom struggling through the loss of your child- regardless of how they passed away- this book will help you. It won't take away the pain. It won't fix anything. It won't bring your beloved baby back. But the author's raw description of the loss of her daughter and the near loss of her own life will help you realize that you are not alone in your grief. You will hold your breath at some points because of the vivid descriptions of the events surrounding the loss of sweet Ava. You will cry with her as you read the details of her emotions throughout it all. It is incredibly brave of Melissa to share these intimate details of such a painful time in her life.
I think this book is a great opportunity to bring awareness to HELLP and also to the trauma of babyloss. No parent should ever have to outlive their child. I appreciate Melissa so much for taking her anguish and channeling it to help others struggling through a similar loss. I would recommend this book to anyone as a resource for HELLP and babyloss. Babyloss is so incredibly isolating. It's important for parents who have lost a child to know they are not alone. This books also provides resources for bereaved parents that will be very helpful during such a difficult time.
The similarities in our experiences are unfortunately remarkable. She's very brave to write it for the world to see. Thanks for having the courage to share.