Rachel Whalen felt a connection to her firstborn before the baby was even conceived. The Vermont kindergarten teacher always wanted a daughter and knew she would name her Dorothy. As a high school student she dreamt about when her little girl would enter the world, but it was to turn out very different.
Sadly, Dorothy was delivered stillborn, and her mom Rachel nearly died on that horrific day in February 2018 too. But in her sadness, she decided to to write a heartfelt letter to the nurses who supported her that day. The letter would go viral and touch the hearts of many parents going through similar experiences. It would also show how hospital staff go beyond the call of duty.
But like a lot of tragedies this story started with happy news. After suffering two miscarriages, Rachel and her husband Mike were delighted to find out they were expecting again. But at 28 weeks pregnant with her daughter, doctors diagnosed the expectant mom with preeclampsia. This illness causes high blood pressure and can damage organs such as the liver and kidneys.