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Grief Counseling Certification Article on Barrenness

Good article about grief of not being able to experience child birth or have a child.  This type of loss is not a direct loss but an indirect loss of a particular experience which can be sorrowful as well

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The article, Does it still hurt that I can’t have a baby?, by Danielle Ripley-Burgess states,

“I quickly entered the world that all new moms with babies know – the exhausting world of translating looks and grunts, cries and smiles. The world of praying the swaddle holds and changing shirts every few hours so you don’t smell like spit up. The tiptoes out of the bedroom once you finally get the baby to sleep. The 100 pictures of the same pose on your phone and the struggle to not keep and post them all.

The blessings (and sometimes what feels like curses) of parenthood have filled my life for almost seven years. Now, we’re in the days of school lunch, Girl Scouts and spelling tests. As I watch the curves on my baby’s face turn her into a mature-looking girl, I rejoice. I don’t ever forget the day in the doctor’s office colon cancer took away my fertility and nearly my life.

Fortunately, adoption became the redemptive path for my dream of parenthood.

Yet if I’m honest, there are still some days I wish I could have had a baby.

There are days the grief of an empty womb hits me. Days I wonder if a biological child would have received my freckled skin, or my husband’s laugh and smile.

These days don’t hit as often as they used to, in fact the moments of grief sparked by infertility are few and far between. Some of it’s because life keeps us busy. But most of it’s because over time, the wounds have healed because I’ve peeked into the pain and “gone there.”

I’ve let myself feel how badly it hurts to be barren.”

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