I got a letter in the mail from the hospital where I delivered Avalon. It stated that because my privacy was breached, they were required to notify me that the camera chip which stored photos of deceased babies for momentos to give to grieving parents was stolen, and despite a thorough investigation, they have not been recovered. Information on the chip may have included: mother’s name, mother’s birth date, baby’s weight, and baby’s photo.
I just think… god. Somewhere is this chip, and on it is all of these dead babies. And photos of mothers experiencing the most poignantly sad and traumatic event of their life (holding their dead baby).
It’s just like this collection of heartbreak was a balloon… and now it’s just out there, floating through the world. My story, our stories, just drifting into the universe, a message in a bottle, a signal beamed out into the night sky.