In the US, 1 in 4 mother’s will lose their pregnancy. That’s an incredibly painful statistic when you think about it. Taking it a step further, 1 in 60 women giving birth will experience a stillbirth or neonatal death.
Women are more than statistics though, especially when it comes to a topic as sensitive as this one. It’s not openly discussed nor is it well understood. All of the science and facts in the world couldn’t explain that loss to a mother or to an expecting couple.
So when women and their partners can speak out about it; it helps people across the world who struggle with fertility and loss feel less alone. Especially when they have a platform.
Recently, Jeffrey Dean Morgan said he and wife Hilarie Burton had been trying for a while to have another child, so this pregnancy was something incredibly special. Fans weren’t made privy to information about her birth until today, but we did know that she made her arrival very recently.
Today, all of that made a little more sense.
Not only did the family want time to adjust to the new addition, they wanted to soak in all of her beautiful first moments. Especially since she’s such a miracle to their family.
With our upcoming Walker Stalker convention just days away, Hilarie and Jeffrey both wanted to share the story of their sweet daughter in a special way. So she shared an Instagram post with some beautiful photos and an even more beautiful story.
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As some of you know, @jeffreydeanmorgan is off in Europe getting ready to do some big conventions. And he's self aware enough to know his track record for "spilling the beans" isn't so great (bless his heart!). So before he starts tripping up in an attempt to maintain our privacy, he asked that I go ahead and post something about our little girl's birth. But before I do that, there's something I really want to say to all the women out there who are trying….. It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby. The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby Seahawk booties. We cried. We celebrated. We picked out names. And we lost that baby. More losses followed, and as so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking. And every morning of the five years it took us, I'd open my computer at the kitchen table and see the news and I'd grow bitter over the endless parade of celebrities showing off their bumps and babies. I'd weep out of jealousy for how easy it was for them. Didn't they know something could go wrong? Didn't they know that there were other women out there struggling? It pained me to see the corporate sponsored baby showers and magazine covers capitalizing on this human miracle that wasn't happening for us. So when this pregnancy started, we were cautious. I didn't want to celebrate for fear of jinxing it. I didn't want a baby shower. I checked her heartbeat every day, up until the day she was born. And now that she is here, I just stare at her in wonder all day. I see her in her daddy's arms and I don't take any of it for granted. She screams bloody murder and I smile because she is so wildly alive. So now that folks know she's here, I don't want her birth to cause any other woman to weep at her kitchen table. If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others. Fertility is a fickle thing. And for the other couples out there who have had dark days, we want to introduce our miracle baby to you and send you our love and support in finding yours. Please meet George Virginia Morgan. She was born February 16th. Her daddy delivered her. We love her very much.
George Virginia Morgan was born on February 16th and she is a blessing to their family in the most beautiful way. Hilarie shared their story of loss, more than once, in hopes that she could reach other families who have suffered the same way. Other women who have known pain deeper than words can truly describe.
She also wanted to share George’s story in hopes that she could bring hope to families who are still trying. So they wouldn’t know the pain that she felt herself.
We couldn’t be happier for Hilarie, Jeffrey, Gus, and George and we are sending them all of our love and best wishes.
‘…but I knew him’