New mothers are not supposed to leave the hospital with empty arms. To arrive in labor and depart in mourning is to upend the way the world is supposed to be.
"Born In Silence" is the title of the illuminating video by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, which Upworthy is featuring today. Stillbirth visits an American family once every 21 minutes, GAPPS reports, and this video tells a handful of those stories.
It is likely you will watch this through tears. It is also likely you will leave it with profound sadness at how in the modern era things can still go so very wrong -- and a deep gratitude for every birth that goes miraculously and unremarkably right.