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~ from a card sent to my family
"Take me to the hospital! Now! I want this baby cut out of
me! Let them do it! I have to go! I just can't do it any....more...."
As I leaned over the barstool next to my bed with my screaming eyes reaching to the skies,
someone attempted to calm me. It was either Scott or Carol*, my midwife. Someone suggested
I get into the shower to help me reclaim my focus. I let myself be led. I knew I had to
regain control or my body would take over, and I'd end up in a heap on the floor writhing
in pain. It was dark. Except for several dark candles flickering...the smell of musk came
over me. I leaned over the second barstool as the water hit my back. I hated the shower
when the contractions came. The sharp needles pierced my skin. It hurt. I laid my head down
and the truth came. The single sentence of thought came repeatedly from the dark. "My baby's
dead. My baby's dead. My baby's dead..." Scott stood in the flamed dark beside me. Wet. He
didn't know what I was thinking. I didn't say it out loud. I was scared. He led me out of the
shower and dried me off. I had to go to the bathroom. This was worse than the needles (I had
earlier learned that I had to stand over the toilet to release so the spasms wouldn't
circulate when I bent my pelvis). Another wave hit me. I moved over and leaned onto the
bathroom counter...breathe, breathe, breathe... Scott intently whispered, "You can do this.
You will do this. This baby will come soon. Tonight. Focus. Stay focused..." His face
flickered. I turned toward the source. It was the musk. Lighting this man's face who would
later be told his son was dead. Something I already knew but didn't dare utter aloud. I
buried my head in my chest. I didn't know where else to go...
I returned to my bedside stool. I lowered my torso over it, hung my head toward the ground,
and blacked out the existence around me. I don't remember anything else until I heard Carol
say, "Paula, we have to go to the hospital. I just cannot find the heartbeat." I looked up
into her eyes, straightened my body, and replied, "Let's go. Now." To Scott, I ordered, "Go
into the closet and get my red shorts outfit. Get my shoes. They are over there." He complied
and got me dressed. I heard Carol on the phone talking to the hospital. Then I heard Scott
call his and my mother. We were ready to go. I climbed into Kris's* (my labor support)
van and focused on the clock. I hugged to my body the pillow buried tightly against my swollen
belly. Kris would periodically rub my leg and send encouraging words during the
unbearable pain. I focused on the fact that when I got to the hospital, I'd demand pain
relief. Yes. Drugs. That which I never thought I'd need. Or want. I had to shut out one of
the pains. The other, I knew, couldn't be shut out by any drug. I never uttered a sound. And
no one ever uttered what I thought only I knew.
I rolled out of the van and stumbled through the emergency room doors. It was the middle of
the night. Around midnight. It was quiet except for a man asking me if I wanted a wheelchair
or a stretcher. I couldn't answer as I was leaned up against the wall in agony. Soon, I was
able to mutter, "Wheelchair - I can't be on my back." I closed my eyes and soon I was in a
birthing room getting undressed. It was light. Bright. I was helped onto the bed where I
said, "Carol, I'm sorry, but I have to..." and to the nurse I pleaded, "I have to have drugs.
When can I have them? I need an epidural." She told me I'd have to wait just a little while.
They needed to get an ultrasound and get the doctor. "Who was on call?" The nurse told me.
When I heard the doctor's name, I felt fear run through me. I'd heard that he was a high
intervention OB. No chance for a natural birth for me here. In this hospital. Nor with this
doctor. What was I thinking...natural birth? Ha. It was over. I remembered what I knew. What
I knew and no one else did.
I laid on my back. Several people were standing over me. Someone moved the ultrasound wand
over my belly. There were no voices. And, it was silent. I wanted to remind someone to turn
up the volume on the machine because I couldn't hear the swish swish of the heartbeat. I had
forgotten. But I remembered.
I sat up. I got some drug in my IV. I asked how long it would take before it would take
affect. 30 seconds. Wham. I felt a contraction. They lied to me. I screamed. I wanted pain
relief, but instead, I got Stadol. My head felt heavy. My body felt heavy. But I still felt.
A lab tech came and took some blood. The doctor came. I laid back down. The ultrasound wand
swept over my belly again. This time, I looked at the monitor. I saw a picture. It was my
baby's heart. It was still. And, it was quiet in the room. Again.
The anesthesiologist snaked the relief into my back. My body hurt no more.
Everyone was gone. Except the nurse. Stephanie. She looked at me. "Paula, we have to
I slowly turned my heard towards her, "Yeah?"
"I think you know, but I have to tell you. There's no heartbeat. Your baby died."
..."I know. I know."
I closed my eyes. It was dark. Quiet. Still. Forever changed. My life. I hurt but couldn't
cry. My mom still hadn't gotten to the hospital yet. And Scott wasn't by my side.
Everyone came back. Scott sat in a chair. Carol sat in a chair. Kris sat on the floor.
My other midwife wasn't there. I don't know why. I haven't asked. Too painful? I laid in the
bed, epidural pleasantly doing its job, and me, pissed because I broke a fingernail on the
damn hospital bed rail during an earlier contraction. Focused on a fingernail when my life
was falling apart...
Stephanie brought pillows in for everyone. And blankets. She was kind. And thoughtful. And
I looked over at my precious husband and Carol, the woman who'd been my rock for the past
two months. My heart ached for them. I couldn't say anything except, "I'm sorry. I'm so
"Carol, remember when I lost it back at home. When I lost control and asked to be taken to
"Well, it happened because I knew my baby was dead. I couldn't focus on the contractions
anymore knowing the truth. I just couldn't do it."
"I know that now. I didn't then. I couldn't believe you were 'going there.' I couldn't
believe that those words were coming from you."
I looked over at Scott. I've never seen anyone's eyes ever look so empty...
Stephanie began to talk to me about procedures. I'd be giving birth vaginally. [Whoop-de-doo.]
I could hold my baby. [Oh my God! How wonderful! Yes, I want to do that! Desperately.] As long
as I wanted. "How long is that? Can others see her/him? My mom is on her way. I want family
here." She kindly told me that everything was up to me. As long as I wanted. I could bathe the
baby and take the hand and footprints. She'd check and see. She brought her protocol book to
me. She said that there was no specified time limit. I could release my baby when I was ready
to. No time limit. No time limit. No time limit. No time limit. No time limit. No time
My mother arrived. She came to my bed and said, in a somewhat jovial manner with her hands on
her hips, "What? No baby yet?"
"No mom. Not yet. [deep breath] There won't be. The baby died."
She turned away. I don't know what she thought. I saw her pain though. Seems like all her
life's tragedies coursed through her heart that very moment. And nothing probably matched
hearing that her own child's child was dead.
Scott's mother came. She and Scott went somewhere outside of the room to talk. I tried to
figure out who needed to call who. Someone had to call Liana, my sister, who was far far
away in New Zealand. I tried to figure out what time it was there because I didn't want her
to hear the news while she was at work. We counted. She would be at home. I knew it was too
early for Maria and Eric (my other sister and my brother) to be called. Scott's sister Cheryl
and his brother Todd and his wife Jeannie had to be called. I'd let Scott and his mom figure
that out. My mom called my dad and told him the news. She asked him to call Liana since she
was at home.
Alexandria, my darling 2-1/2 year old daughter, was at my parents' home sleeping. My mom went
home so that my dad could come to the hospital. He did. My mom came back. Then, everyone left
(except for Scott, Carol, and Kris) to get something to eat.
Several hours passed. I was checked. No progress. My body was tired.
Pitocin. Would I consent? Yes.
One and a half hours later. I was checked again. I was going backwards. I had begun to run a
fever. My body was exhausted.
Cesarean ...cesarean...cesarean...cesarean.... Section. Would I consent? Yes.
I closed my eyes. I felt my spirit die.
Stephanie asked me if I had any questions about the operation. I told her I had no questions,
but several requests: 1) I'd like the drape dropped when our baby was being delivered so that
I could see, 2) I wanted my baby laid on my chest, without being cleaned off and without a
blanket, and 3) I didn't want anyone to announce the gender. She brought the doctor to my
bedside. I repeated my requests to him. No problem. I also asked about being able to keep my
baby on my chest while I was being taken back to the birthing room. No problem again. If there
were, Scott could carry the baby. I didn't want my baby to be without her/his mom or dad.
I did ask if they could wait until my mom and dad came back. My parents had been called. They
were on their way. They had only a 15 minute drive, but the operation had to take place right
It began. It felt the same as when I was cut open to have Alexandria. I didn't want to hear
what they were doing. Or focus on it. I asked Scott to talk to me. He couldn't. One of the
nurses came and chatted with me.
The drape was dropped. I was scared I'd see my insides lying all over the drapes. I didn't.
All I saw was this little body.
This little body was laid on my chest. Not clean nor swaddled. Just a towel draped over him.
Onto my naked skin. Onto my breasts. I saw only my baby. I parted the legs. And before I
looked, I turned towards Scott. I saw the tears first in his eyes. Then, they rolled down and
got lost in his face mask. I turned back. A son. My son. Our son. We had a boy. I knew Scott's
world just shattered for the second time. Scott's son. I looked up at our son's face. "Scott,
he looks just like Alexandria." He did. Exactly. I got to do what I didn't get to do with
Alexandria after the cesarean with her. I got to hold my son. The only difference was, this
baby, my son, was dead. I felt the urge. The desperate, burning desire. I wanted to nurse my
baby. I somehow believed that if I just nursed him, he'd breathe. I believed I could will the
breath back into him. I could make him breathe if only I could get some milk into him. Reality
came back. I felt as if I'd died.
I began to shake violently. My arms wouldn't stop. Then my shoulders. My chest. My hands. All
I could see was these arms shaking. Were they mine? I fell asleep. Shortly. I awoke. I looked
at my son. I fell asleep. I awoke. Why was I falling asleep? I fell asleep. I awoke. I looked
at my son. I squeezed him tightly to my chest so he wouldn't fall off. I fell asleep. I awoke.
I told Scott he had to hold him because I was afraid I'd drop him. He said, "I can't." I told
him, through chattering teeth that he had to. I'd drop him. I was passing out. I fell asleep.
I awoke. A nurse was helping me give our son to Scott. Scott was crying. I passed out.
I awoke at 11-something. It was light. It was morning. I didn't know how long I'd been asleep.
My dad was standing next to me. He was talking on the phone. "Do you want to talk to
"No." [Hey, how come I have this oxygen mask on my face? I can't breathe with it on.] I pulled
the oxygen mask down a little bit.
He hung up. I looked over to the left and saw my mom and a nurse doing something. I got my
eyes focused. They were cleaning my baby. I was supposed to do that.
"Dad, I need some water."
My mom walked to the end of my bed when she saw that I was awake. She said, "You scared us,
Paula. We thought we were going to lose you." That's all she said. No explanation more than
that. I was too weak to question.
My dad started feeding me ice chips. Within a short time, I felt really good. Just like I had
after I'd come out of the operating room with Alexandria. I just couldn't figure out why my
mom and the nurse were cleaning my baby.
My Aunt Anna and Uncle Raymond came into the room. They looked at our baby. They cried. He was
in a bassinet between the door and my bed. I wanted to hold him. I couldn't talk. They seemed
so far away. My mom was standing there with them. They were talking. I couldn't hear. I
watched them. They opened his blanket. They looked at his body. They touched him all over.
I cannot remember when, but at some point, I was asked his name. By someone. I told
Kadin. Kadin Scott William Long.
I cannot remember exactly when, but I was given my son to hold. I don't even remember who
gave him to me. I was holding Kadin. I hurt. I was lying down. I couldn't sit up. I wanted
to hold him like a mother holds her new baby. Not lying down, but sitting up. I wanted him
cradled against my breast. His head next to mine. I wanted to kiss him. To envelope him with
my soul. My love. My tears. I wanted to nurse him. I wanted him to know how much I loved him.
To see it. And, to feel it.
I remember being shown Kadin's tiny hand and footprints. We took pictures (actually, lots of
them), and I held my precious Kadin for almost 24 hours. I slept with him on my chest that
night. I cried. Told him how sorry I was. Told him over and over how much I loved him. My
family and friends came to see him. To hold him. And to say Hello and Goodbye. I don't think
those who held him will ever regret that short amount of time touching his sweet body. I
remember finally being able to sit up. Ramona helped me to pull back his blanket and search
his body, which I seared into my soulful memory. I wanted to be sure I memorized every patch
of his beauty. His little butt was as fluffy and soft as the nape of his neck. He was
We chose to not have an autopsy performed, but later discovered that I almost died, too due
to a systemic infection. One of the bacterias was e-coli. I also had an intrauterine
infection...again, e-coli was one of the bacterias present. We believe that these infections
caused the placenta to shut down within minutes for there were no signs of Kadin's impending
death. His heartbeat was good and strong throughout and after contractions. Fifteen minutes
after the last check, there was no heartbeat. I showed absolutely no signs of infection
(i.e., fever) until approximately 6 hours after transporting to the hospital. Tragic. But I
don't believe that Kadin was meant to be here, no matter what path we'd chosen for our birth.
I believe that he needed to know love...fully and unconditionally...and that's all he needed
from me and his short life. I hope his need was fulfilled because every decision we made
during my pregnancy with regards to his birth was made because we loved him and wanted the
best start for his life. I visit his grave often. I talk to him daily. I miss him. And my
heart hurts as I know it will forever. I'm learning now how to live forever with a broken
It's been six months since you left us my dear
I miss you terribly and mourn deeply
the memories we never got to create together.
I love you. Forever and ever and ever. ~Mom
an asterisk (*) indicates a name change to protect
both myself and others involved.
story begun October 15, 1998
story completed January 31, 1999
Please note that this is only part of my story. You can read my complete story, along with the stories of 25 other women, in the book, Honored Babies. See Honored Babies, the book to order your copy.
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