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Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love and Loss Paperback – May 6, 2014
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"Three Minus One is a must-read. I am amazed and in awe of the strength and courage of the parents who have shared their stories. I hope that as they break the silence around stillbirth and infant loss, their efforts will comfort those parents who suffer and will inspire the call for research that will help us prevent these tragedies in the future."
-- Craig E. Rubens, MD, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, an initiative of Seattle Children's
About the Author
Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What's Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author. Her book was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award for 2012 and her website was selected by the Association of Independent Authors as a winner of “Best Websites for Independent Authors.” She lives and works in Berkeley, California.
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However, I have been moved to tears by so many of the essays in this compilation of pregnancy loss stories -- without ever having met any of the other parents whose stories appear alongside my own. No matter how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, the loss of her baby -- already loved, already cared for -- is a shocking event that unfolds over a series of months. It is only in reading others' accounts of the baby you lost that you realise how common pregnancy loss is, and how universal the feelings of bereavement, grief, and despair are.
And yet, society still considers miscarriage / stillbirth / neonatal death as a taboo subject. I am very proud to be in this collection of heart-wrenching and powerful stories of loss and healing and hope that, together, we can continue to break the silence.
One final note: most of the stories focus on stillbirth, not miscarriage. Another great anthology that focuses more on miscarriage is About What Was Lost, edited by Jessica Berger Gross. These two books are must-reads for anyone who is going through or who has suffered a pregnancy loss.
Well done to those who saw a need for such a publication.
I'm so glad I did. I have 3 healthy kids and my own story, and this book especially the piece written by Jessica was so movingly thoughtful - I didn't want it to end. More please. It did what every great piece of literature does take me out of myself while reminding me how very mortal I am. Thank you all so much for having the courage to tell your truth!!