The first place I went after losing our baby to miscarriage was the bookstore. I stared at the shelves looking for words of comfort and hope, longing to find an author who would also feel like a friend putting her arm around my shoulder. I wish Sarahs book had been there then, and Im so grateful it will be there for other women like me now.
Holley Gerth, best-selling author of Youre Already Amazing, holleygerth.com
Our culture programs us to feel as though motherhood should be all sunshine and rosesbreakfasts in bed made by beaming, freshly-bathed children. We learn to think that a woman cannot fulfill her God-given destiny unless she nurtures the lives God enabled her to bear. And yet, when one of those lives is lost, or when life never begins, the world suddenly goes quiet, leaving these women alone and suffering. Heres the key, though: When we offer our hurts to God, He will bring healing. He is the salve that soothes even the deepest wounds. Through Sarahs words in Loved Baby, you will realize that youre not called to forget but to welcome God into your pain. You can remember and honor and grieve and be made whole again. With God, even this is possible. Step into these pages like youre walking into Gods comforting embrace, because thats exactly what this book has to offer.
Kelly ODell Stanley, author of Praying Upside Down and Designed to Pray, kellyostanley.com
This book is the one I wish Id had when I lost my first son the day after he was born sleeping and my third son when I was fifteen-weeks pregnant. For my aching, searching heart to have Gods truths and promises put together so compassionately and with such honesty would have been a gift, and one I now will graciously share with others who have to walk this life-changing path. Gods goodness and comfort flow freely from Sarahs heart and will bring healing and redemption to so many.
Lori Mullin Ennis, editor of Still Standing Magazine
"Your numbers have dropped," the nurse said. "Let us know if the bleeding starts filling a pad every hour. Im sorry." And with that, I learned I was about to have my first miscarriage and second pregnancy loss. A few days later, without bleeding or cramping in sight, I took my husband to Barnes & Noble. I wanted to find somethinganythingI could read that would tell me what to expect. The books I found (which werent much) focused on family planning, or, get this, how not to have a miscarriage. Seriously? Women who miscarry needed help, and I found nothing that offered it. In the meantime, our story kept going through three more losses and our time with Z and finally our rainbow pregnancy with Ellie. Thank goodness some of our friends have been in the trenches and are ready to share their hearts and encouragement to women who need a worthwhile resource. Sarah Philpott is one of my friends in the baby loss community. Her book Loved Baby is a devotional and journal for baby loss moms. You will want to get this book in your hands!
Rachel Lewis, writer, foster mom, adoptive mom, biological mom, thelewisnote.com
I have known Sarah Philpott since the moment she was born. As the doctor who delivered her into this world in 1982, I experienced the joy that comes with new life. I have known her family for over fifty years. In fact, I delivered for her mother when she gave birth to her child born still. I have marveled at Sarahs growth into a talented, deeply Christian wife, mother, and community servant. She is a dynamic, persistent, and dedicated young woman. Her career has consisted of writing many professional publications. Her dedication to intense research and careful analysis, combined with her innate skills interviewing and bonding with other women who have had similar outcomes, has resulted in this inspiring narrative, Loved Baby. She informs the reader about the trials and struggles mothers and fathers face in their post-loss journeys. She gives hope to those who think they will never conceive again or be successful at giving birth following the loss of a child. As the readers of this beautiful testimony will find out, Sarah has succeeded in giving others, even in the darkest times of their grief, the courage to face challenges and to return to a life of normalcy. She has walked with God on her path and knows that, through all things, if our faith is strong and the support of our beloved family and friends is present, we can overcome the adversities associated with this devastating occurrence. It is a distinct honor and pleasure to recommend Sarahs heart-felt thoughts to those who have endured pregnancy loss and those who try to help and support their loved ones. Loved Baby will fill you with healing, hope, and Gods love.
Shelley F. Griffith, MD
"They instinctively knew to show me quiet love" is only one example of the exquisite healing words Sarah Philpott uses to help those of us grieving after a pregnancy loss. Her remarkable insights, coupled with her enormous compassion, give us the guidance and strength we need to walk through this devastating journey and know we are not alone. If you have ever loved someone who has suffered through a pregnancy loss, Loved Baby may well be the answer to a prayer. I am grateful for Sarahs ability to impart her wisdom and spirituality, hope and grace for all of those who will benefit the most. And bless the beautiful babies in heaven who will live on in our souls forever.
Lisa Leshaw, MS, CMHC mental health professional
Christian women who have known the unfathomable pain of pregnancy loss at any stage need this devotional. The writer Sarah Philpott is with you on your journey, and through her transparency regarding her own loss, recovery, and faith walk, she offers guidance on healing for mothers post-loss.
Autumn L. Carusillo, PHD, LCSW
The death of a baby is one of the worst and most traumatic experiences of a parents life. The grief that follows is all-consuming and often isolating. Sarah Philpott has created a way for parents to process their own grief journey while being reassured they are not alone. Loved Baby is a beautiful resource for bereaved parents in their darkest days.
Lindsey J. Wimmer, CPNP, CPLC, executive director of Star Legacy Foundation
Loved Baby left me spellbound. I cried and rejoiced at the same time at the healing power that God can bring.
Jenn Hand, author of 31 Days of Coming Alive and director of Coming Alive Ministries
I wish Id had this book to read days after my loss instead of using "Dr. Google" and the like for information on miscarriage.
Emily Aziz, CPA
In this book, you will feel like Sarah is speaking directly to you as a gentle friend and a loving sister. She truly understands the pain of loss and has a beautiful way with comforting words and practical advice. I love that she pairs godly encouragement with factual information about child loss to help address all parts of grieving: the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional. If I had Loved Baby as a resource during the darkest stages of my miscarriage, I certainly would not have felt so alone. The Loved Baby ministry was instrumental in my healing, and I have faith that this book will be instrumental in yours.
Rosemary Ferrera, mother, former Miss Virginia, & Christian blogger, SoulStrongFitness.com
Loved Baby is the book I wish I had after my first loss. Sarah Philpott is like a loving sister who has been there, guiding us through. I love the easy-to-apply soul work sections. I cried through most of the book. I would say that even after months and months of grief counseling, reading almost every book out there about pregnancy loss and how to cope, and being in a support group, Loved Baby is what brought me the rest of the way. I cant even find the best words to tell you how extremely helpful this is going to be for so many women.
Jessica Knipprath, mother
I feel like this book was instrumental in my healing from my miscarriages, almost seven years since my last one.
Jenny Tilley, RN
Loved Baby deals with a topic so dear to my heart because of my experience with three years of infertility and the loss I experienced with my first two babies. I would have given anything to have someone walk me through that season with spiritual insight as well as personal experience. This is why I am thrilled about my friend Sarah Philpotts new book. Whether you are still grieving or not, you can trust her with your heart.
Jennifer Watson, author, pastor, and writer, jenniferreneewatson.com