This is my third child, Angelina Anne-Marie. It grieves me to say that she is also my “Guardian Angel”, and the empty space in my heart. You see she is no longer with us. She’s back in heaven due to S.I.D.S four months after she arrived. I only have a few pictures of her, but fortunately this studio picture was done thanks to my dad to save and cherish. Although, Angel did breath on her own after the fact it was unknown how to help her. The SIDS foundation contacted me with a million questions about her, but they couldn’t put two and two together no matter how they tried. Even while she was breathing on her own she was getting tired, and they just didn’t know how to help her. This was in 1977. I wondered why the research wasn’t done.
You see back in 1977 Sudden Infant death Syndrome was not called a disease. Why you ask? Because babies don’t vote! Yes, that’s the answer I got. Not until 1991 was it declared a disease. (I believe this is the date. I had the article, but I’m sorry I cannot lay my hands on it at the moment).
Well, it has been declared. It IS a disease, and they have researched. “The CJ Foundation
for SIDS’ mission is to reduce the risk of future infant deaths, support families who have suffered a loss and fund medical research so that no new families have to endure the pain of losing their infant”.
Angel’s older sister, Tricia aka, NightOwlMama
has been writing a few articles regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for CJ Foundation.
There’s information that even I didn’t know at their website. Who would of thought that my own child would give her mother such peace with this wonderful information that I’ve yearned for for so many years. You see everything happens for a reason, and I believe God sent me two angels. One in heaven, and one here on earth, my Tricia.
When you lose a child, and all the doctor can say to you is we don’t know why this happens. I’m sorry. What do you tell your heart why it is breaking? How do you go on with life when you hurt so deeply. How did I go on? I had two babies at home that needed me, and Angel was still within my heart. I’m very proud of my daughter for taking on such a project, and doing such a thorough job. It’s been many years since this happened, but to me it was yesterday.
So you see I’m special. I have my very own “Guardian Angel”, and an Angel here on earth.
Now, here’s the good news: A study partially funded by the C.J. Foundation for S.I.D.S. has revealed a likely link between low serotonin levels in infants, and S.I.D.S. This is a significant breakthrough for doctors, and researchers in the field as they close in on the mysterious cause of infant deaths.
In 2002, the medical journal Pediatrics published a study that explained why babies who are swaddled sleep more peacefully by preventing spontaneous movements (called reflex motion) from waking them up continually during the night. The same year, the Journal of Applied Physiology wrote that swaddled infants stay in REM sleep (the most restorative, deepest sleep) longer than those who were not. There is growing evidence every year that swaddling may indirectly help prevent SIDS, as well.
The CJ Foundation would like to remind parents and caregivers that overheating is a leading risk factor for SIDS, which increases during the cold winter months due to uneducated parents and caregivers who think that cranking the heating is good for their babies.
This is a give away being done at Nightowlmama
. Now I want all you “MaMa’s” to get your butt over there, and read, learn and enter. Do it for me! Do it for yourself! DO IT FOR YOUR BABY!! Then when you’re done pick up your baby, and give her/him a big hug and sloppy smooch for me, and say,
“THAT ONE’S FROM DOLLY”!
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