Not only does ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters” feature a lesbian married couple and tackle foster care and adoption, the latest episode has Lena, 20 weeks pregnant, facing having to deliver because she is pre-eclamptic. She starts the episode with daydreams of her beautiful, chubby baby girl, prior to finding out she might lose her. She begs the doctor to let her stay on bedrest and wait 6 more weeks, and the doctor is highly against it.
I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks, as Lena says, “I’ve seen her in dreams, I feel her moving inside of me, she HAS to be alright!” After her daughter is gone (they don’t show the delivery or saying goodbye to the dead baby, I guess it IS ABC Family), a little girl who got loose from her mom gives Lena, still in the hospital, her stuffed unicorn, who happens to have the same name as the now deceased baby.
This would’ve struck me as a silly plot device, a coincidence that only occurs in movies, before I had my own miracle. Before my own tiny, lost daughter decided to tell me goodbye in her own unmistakeable way.
After ‘Return to Zero’, I didn’t think I would see a storyline on TV that directly addresses delivery of a healthy baby who is too soon to survive. It warms my heart and makes me feel so much less alone to know that a whole network considered it a problem worth delving into.