To the parents of a stillborn baby, time takes on a precious meaning.
Those moments after their baby is delivered, when their lives together should be just beginning, will be the only moments they get to spend cradling their child, feeling his or her soft cheeks and little toes.
Katie Puterbaugh Black, a Scott Depot native, knows just how valuable these bits of time can be to a parent. Six months into her pregnancy, she and her husband, Johnny Black, lost their daughter, Anslee Kay.
In April 22, the couple found out Anslee no longer had a heartbeat. They were heartbroken.
“We were just in shock and in disbelief,” Johnny said. “It took awhile for it to sink in.”
Katie and Johnny, residents of Nolensville, Tennessee, spent as much time as they could in their hospital room cuddling Anslee after her birth. They took pictures and introduced her to her grandparents, aunts and uncles, including those who rushed from West Virginia to meet her.