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Three Little Birds Co-Founder, Doula and NILMDTS Photographer, Desiree Miller, met Linda and Steven Kong when they lost their son, Emmett, in March 2017 after complications lead to him being delivered prematurely at 21 weeks. The Kong's were devastated and wanted to spend as much time with him as family as they could.
Desiree was able to capture photographs of the Kong's as they embraced and bonded with their son. Unfortunately, this was not the Kong's first experience with losing a pregnancy. They also lost their older son, Greyson, prematurely in October 2015. Emmett and Greyson's parents are so grateful for the photographs they have to memorialize their sons as they heal from their losses.
However, like most other loss parents, the need to do something...anything....to memorialize their children and help other families facing the same journey, fueled them to give back to their community and Three Little Birds Perinatal.
"I never in my life thought I'd go through that. But you never know until you're put in that situation", says Linda. "The need to give back through this type of work is just as inherent as my motherhood. I love finding ways to memorialize them both and validate other families dealing from these tragedies."
In their healing journey, the Kongs have participated in fundraising events for the March of Dimes in their annual March for Babies walk to honor families in their community who have walked the same journey and seek to validate and memorialize their children.
Three Little Birds Perinatal kept in contact with Linda in the months after meeting Emmett and talked about a lot of the problems and difficulties families face in losing a pregnancy. These discussions lead to the development of several items to be sold in our Etsy store for families to purchase to validate their children and provide comfort post-partum as mom heals.
Linda developed the Stillborn Announcement Cards for families to share with others. Despite a baby passing away, families can still bond with them and certainly feel the same pride and love shared by parents who birth healthy babies. These cards help others understand it is ok to acknowledge their child where many may feel it is taboo or uncomfortable. She also developed our Recognition of Life Certificates for our Perinatal Comfort Care Boxes and for digital download via purchase in our Etsy Store. Linda knows firsthand the importance of validation.
This effort is a perfect example of a "Legacy Project". Three Little Birds Perinatal encourages our families to develop a project, resource or bereavement support item to help other families, but more importantly to create a legacy in their baby's name.
Her most recent contribution to our Etsy Store are hand sewn Miscarriage Comfort Packs filled with rice and herbs to help alleviate cramping and discomfort after loss. They will be available in our Etsy store for purchase this Spring! We are so grateful for all of the support Linda has provided to Three Little Birds and her involvement in developing items to provide comfort to families when faced with similar experiences.
It is worth noting, Linda supports Three Little Birds from her home in Lancaster County, PA, more than 80 miles away! We are so grateful for all of her volunteer efforts to help other families near and far, as well as remember her sweet sons, Greyson and Emmett!
Click here for more information on how to create a legacy project in memory of your baby!
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director