This new book is a compilation of personal experiences by mothers with special children left in the lurch with no emotional assistance after their pregnancy. Including her own story, author Katherine Moffett describes the emotional and physical challenges of giving birth to a child with life changing disabilities in Our Little Miracles.
Mother of two Katherine describes her pregnancy with Sienna, who was born without thumbs, one arm shorter than the other and a life threatening heart condition.
As she discloses in her book, “It’s hard not to blame yourself. I remember reading that forty percent of your hand movements involve the thumb and considering she has no thumbs, what have I done to her.”
“When I found out about my daughter’s limb defects, I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do. It didn’t help that I hadn’t seen her for more than 2 minutes after her birth and they had only told me 3 hours after her birth. I didn’t even know what a limb deficiency was.”
Rebecca was going to contribute Yasminah’s story but after the unexpected loss of Yasminah, Rebecca was unable to. Katherine honours and remembers Yasminah and ‘Our Little Miracles’ features a dedication to Yasminah and the announcement of her twin siblings Aisha and Aaliyah.
This new book seeks to direct parents to counseling, reassuring them that help and support are available.
Katherine is also president of the registered Children’s Charity – C.H.I.L.D Incorporated (Children Having Infant Limb Deficiency). C.H.I.L.D established an online support network in January 2009. Since then she has networked over 500 families together and C.H.I.L.D has been there for seventy births around the world and sadly, nine neonatal and stillbirth deaths.
C.H.I.L.D Incorporated can be contacted on www.childorg.net.au.