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Offline Penelope

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Baptism in case of miscarriage
« on: May 02, 2013, 01:40:40 PM »
"How to Baptize in Case of Miscarriage" by Alana Rosshirt

I saw this on an acquaintance's blog once (I think) and thought it would be a good resource to post here, just in case people here find themselves to be in this unfortunate situation.
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 05:02:41 PM »
Bookmarking this, thank you for sharing.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 05:17:07 PM »
Thanks for sharing.  Should be recommended reading for engaged and married couples.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 05:26:05 PM »
Should be recommended reading for engaged and married couples.

Absolutely.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2013, 08:49:42 PM by kayla_veronica »
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 08:45:05 PM »
"How to Baptize in Case of Miscarriage" by Alana Rosshirt

I saw this on an acquaintance's blog once (I think) and thought it would be a good resource to post here, just in case people here find themselves to be in this unfortunate situation.

A friend of mine from our parish just did this a couple months ago.  He helped to "deliver" the baby (about 5-6 weeks old) and baptized her.  He said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, but he also mentioned what an amazing experience it was to hold the little one in his hand while baptizing her.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 09:48:30 PM »
Should I make this topic sticky so it's always easily accessible?
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2013, 01:53:39 AM »
Should I make this topic sticky so it's always easily accessible?

I would.  :)

Personally, I think it should be covered BEFORE pregnancy, so it isn't difficult for the mother.  No pregnant mother wants to hear about miscarriage -- if a couple isn't aware of it before pregnancy, I think it would be better to pull the husband aside.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 03:45:38 AM »
This should be something taught in all Catholic marriage prep classes, too, but there's no way that's ever happening.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2013, 05:26:41 AM »
Should I make this topic sticky so it's always easily accessible?

good idea
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2013, 08:12:30 AM »
"How to Baptize in Case of Miscarriage" by Alana Rosshirt

I saw this on an acquaintance's blog once (I think) and thought it would be a good resource to post here, just in case people here find themselves to be in this unfortunate situation.

A friend of mine from our parish just did this a couple months ago.  He helped to "deliver" the baby (about 5-6 weeks old) and baptized her.  He said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, but he also mentioned what an amazing experience it was to hold the little one in his hand while baptizing her.

I wonder how he recognized a baby that small?
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2013, 08:38:24 AM »
"How to Baptize in Case of Miscarriage" by Alana Rosshirt

I saw this on an acquaintance's blog once (I think) and thought it would be a good resource to post here, just in case people here find themselves to be in this unfortunate situation.

A friend of mine from our parish just did this a couple months ago.  He helped to "deliver" the baby (about 5-6 weeks old) and baptized her.  He said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, but he also mentioned what an amazing experience it was to hold the little one in his hand while baptizing her.

I wonder how he recognized a baby that small?

Maybe she was further along than they thought. My own experience of that gestational age is that it's nearly impossible to recognize the baby because it is so small and undeveloped.
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 04:39:14 PM »
"How to Baptize in Case of Miscarriage" by Alana Rosshirt

I saw this on an acquaintance's blog once (I think) and thought it would be a good resource to post here, just in case people here find themselves to be in this unfortunate situation.

A friend of mine from our parish just did this a couple months ago.  He helped to "deliver" the baby (about 5-6 weeks old) and baptized her.  He said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, but he also mentioned what an amazing experience it was to hold the little one in his hand while baptizing her.

I wonder how he recognized a baby that small?

I've seen a four week old baby preserved in a jar in health class.  You could tell she was a baby (our teacher said the child was female -- not sure how they knew unless they'd done genetic testing at some point).

Okay, squeemish types?  Stop reading now, please.   :tongue:

Based on the PDF, the parents would need to search a bit through the blood, etc, and examine all the blood clots, etc.  I'm not sure how easy it is, but I imagine that if you try to keep a calm head and inspect everything, you would be able to the child.
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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 01:38:09 PM »
Okay this is also TMI so squeamish stop reading here.

When I miscarried I was distressed that I never found the baby.  I was like 12 or 13 weeks along.  Blood clots end up everywhere and in my case this included the driveway, the sidewalks outside the hospital, and hospital floors and bathroom.  So there was no gathering up of clots and methodically looking through them.  Women who are miscarrying can very easily bleed out and they need immediate medical attention, so taking the time to look through the remains is most often unfeasible.  I'm not saying this to discourage people from doing so, but I do think it would be good to prepare married couples for what might happen in the case of miscarriage and make sure they don't feel like they HAVE to baptize the remains.  The woman's health should be a priority because her life may be at stake.
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2013, 11:46:53 PM »
My first miscarriage was like Fluffy's. I got out of bed and there was a puddle of blood at my feet, down the stairs, to the car, in the waiting room seat at the ER, and a trail to the room. I actually had to have a procedure done to get some of the tissue out because it was stuck and causing me to hemorrhage. I was 10 weeks, but there was no baby the entire time.

My other miscarriage was at 5 weeks, but I could not see anything to baptize. I can't remember if we tried to or not, the whole thing can last for days to weeks, so who knows what is what.

We did emergently baptize a couple of our kids because they weren't doing so well after delivery. Between my mother, sister, husband and myself, our first probably got baptized 4 times. There was so much going on that we weren't aware of each other until things calmed down.   ;D You can't say we didn't have our priorities straight.
 

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Re: Baptism in case of miscarriage
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2013, 12:34:00 AM »
Should I make this topic sticky so it's always easily accessible?

I would.  :)

Personally, I think it should be covered BEFORE pregnancy, so it isn't difficult for the mother.  No pregnant mother wants to hear about miscarriage -- if a couple isn't aware of it before pregnancy, I think it would be better to pull the husband aside.

No pregnant woman wants to have a miscarriage but they know it happens.  Women are often less squeamish about blood than men are.
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