October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. All month long we are discussing Life After Loss. In today’s episode we have Alishia Anderson who shares her stillbirth story and her new memoir Still Here: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph After Stillbirth. On January 15, 2016, at 28 weeks pregnant she went in for a routine ultrasound when she was told her son no longer had a heartbeat. In a matter of seconds her world was flipped upside down. They were given a day to process the news then went to the hospital the very next day to deliver their stillborn son. After three days of labor she gave birth to her angel Derrek Jerrell Anderson Jr aka DJ on Monday, January 18, 2016. Alishia went on to have her rainbow baby Grayson after working on herself for a year. This episode is for you to listen to if you have experienced a Stillbirth and are still on your own healing journey and are unsure what life after loss looks like for you. I apologize for the quality of the audio in this interview in advance.
Alishia Anderson Bio
My name is Alishia Anderson. I am a new resident of Carson, California by way of Byron, Georgia, by way of Ypsilanti (Ip-si-lan-tee), Michigan. I received my B.S in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL (in 2009) and then went on to obtain my B.A in Apparel Textile Technology (in 2016) from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. I have been married 6 years to my wonderful husband Derrek Anderson and am the proud mommy to my first born angel Derrek Jerrell Anderson Jr. and the rainbow mama to my second born son Grayson Anderson. It is my hope that baby loss is eradicated from the pregnancy experience, but until then I want to help foster honest dialogue surrounding the taboo topic of baby loss and help contribute support and hope to a community often suffering in silence.
Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathee Wunneberg, The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry
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