The Shaming of the Strong by Sarah Williams

Told their unborn child has birth defects that will likely lead to stillbirth, a couple decide to see the pregnancy through to term.

I am a sucker for stories like those found in The Shaming of the Strong. When I was pregnant with Superfast Baby I thought a lot about what I would do if I found out that something was wrong, and I hoped that I would be strong enough to make the choice that Sarah Williams made, however painful it might be. I decided not to have any testing done during pregnancy so that I wouldn’t be faced with that decision. Having suffered a miscarriage before getting pregnant with Superfast Baby, my heart goes out to all mothers whose pregnancies take a painful turn.

I actually found it hard to read this book. What Sarah Williams experienced as she carried her child to term and delivered a stillborn baby was so painful to me as a mother that I just didn’t want to get too close. It is just too easy to put myself in her shoes, and I found that I did not want to go there with her. The book was given to me by a dear friend who also had a miscarriage, and she found it very healing. I can definitely see why, and I am sure that I will return to this book in the future.

3 thoughts on “The Shaming of the Strong by Sarah Williams”

  1. Ah, jeez. We know a couple whose baby died four weeks before it was due. She still had to carry it to term and deliver it stillborn. I can’t imagine going through all that without the miracle of birth to lure me through.

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