Thirty-nine weeks and six days pregnant, Emma Hansen felt her baby go quiet inside of her. Doctors confirm her baby is dead due to a true knot in his umbilical cord. Yet, she must deliver him. Only nine days later, deeply grieving, Hansen turns to writing an essay that she posts on her website with photos from the delivery room. It goes viral. Messages flood in from people with similar experiences. Still grieving, Hansen is driven to better understand stillbirth. Out of this mixture of emotional turmoil and effort to learn about what she, along with two and a half million women annually, have undergone, Hansen published Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood (Greystone $24.95) to find a way to live with the loss.

Emma Hansen is a writer and trained doula. Her father is Rick Hansen, the former Paralympian and disability activist.

Still: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Motherhood (Greystone 2019) $24.95 978-1-77164-391-7

[BCBW 2019]