Mom honors son by helping others, turns grief to grace
Stephanie Stewart learned that her unborn baby had a serious urinary tract obstruction at 18 weeks. There was a glimmer of hope: fetal intervention can sometimes resolve the obstruction in time for the kidneys to produce urine. When this doesn’t happen, there is no amniotic fluid which prevents the lungs from developing enough to sustain the baby’s life after birth. Sadly, despite state-of-the-art fetal intervention, the doctors were not able to help baby Vayden and offered the Stewart’s termination. But Stephanie determined that this would not be the final chapter for her second son. Instead, she continued her pregnancy. Vayden lived for 3hrs and 4 mins. His parents held him, saw him open his eyes, and a Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer captured their brief time together in images they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
Now Stephanie honors her son by sharing her experience as one of turning tragedy into a moment of grace and gratitude. Her org My Very Own Angel sends out teddy bears to expecting and bereaved parents, as well as CTT (carrying to term) kits for those who need them. And she has been offering t-shirts for those who find themselves in a very special club; they read: I have my very own angel. The blog and website offer help to those right in the midst of grief as well as tips to those who love a mom who “has her very own angel”, but are not sure how to help her. We have MVOA linked in our sidebar – and we hope you will visit the site and support the org.
Read a recent article about Stephanie Stewart in NewsOK.