Later today, Daddy is going to be interviewed (with Mommy's blessing) by a reporter in the Milwaukee area for an article he is writing about infant mortality and the feelings of the parents who have had an infant die from SIDS. We spoke briefly on the phone Friday and this gentleman said that no one was willing to talk to him since the media has "all but demonized them, and now they suffer in silence." He hit the nail on the head with that one. In reading comments from people in regards to some of his articles regarding infant mortality and SIDS, I have found that it is not just the media, but the general public who demonize SIDS parents. The going in assumption is that we parents have done something wrong and are, therefore, to blame for "killing" our children. Hopefully by breaking the silence and speaking to this man about the aftermath and all the feelings that come from living with your death, your Daddy can help convey a message that lets people know that we are not demons, we are not evil, and we did not kill our children. SIDS needs to be discussed in a way that does not link it to suffocation, asphyxiation, neglect or abuse, and is not anything any loving parent would ever want to happen to their child or any other child. So, like it or not, Daddy is now a voice for SIDS education. Trust me, it is not something your Dad ever expected or wanted, but someone has to speak up, so why not me? You deserve Daddy's best efforts to help others educate themselves and better understand and support all SIDS parents.
I will let you know how it goes. Much love!