The first 38 weeks of Lindsey Wimmer's first pregnancy were "textbook," healthy and uneventful. Like most expecting parents, and as a nurse practitioner certified in perinatal loss care, she had concerns—especially about premature labor. But, for the most part, the eager anticipation of meeting her newborn eclipsed any trepidation.
"When I was 38 weeks along, I had a normal visit with my OB, and all appeared to be well," Wimmer recalled. "Two days later, my husband and I were laughing at my belly before we went to bed because the baby was moving so much and so crazily that my belly was morphing and moving around in a way we'd never seen before. We went to bed not realizing that those movements were actually a cry for help from our baby."
Not long after, she awoke in the middle of the night with a "horrible sense of doom." Wimmer realized she hadn't felt the baby move since she'd awakened, a rarity at this point in pregnancy.
Although something felt off, Wimmer was worried about calling her OB because she lacked the symptoms she'd been told to watch for: fever, pain or bleeding. Eventually, she called and scheduled an appointment for first thing in the morning. Doctors performed an ultrasound after