Sara and Billy Jack Barwner have created a moving video tribute to their baby daughter, Willa Rose, who died in the womb at 34 weeks.
The couple were overjoyed to discover Sara was pregnant in 2013, having suffered a miscarriage the previous year.
Brawner said she “loved” being pregnant and the couple decided to document her growing belly with photos.
However, when Brawner was 34 weeks pregnant she noticed midway through the day that her unborn baby stopped moving.
In the video she said: “It was a Thursday, I remember. I felt her kick around nine or 10 in the morning and I didn’t feel her kick for the rest of the day.” Worried about the lack of movement, Brawner said she went straight to the hospital where the doctors confirmed there was no fetal heartbeat.
After her birth, they spent seven hours with their precious daughter before letting her go. She also said they allowed friends and family to hold her and take pictures. Describing the labour with Willa, Brawner said it was “painful, but beautiful”.
Billy Jack and Sara held a funeral and created the emotional video tribute in honor of Willa’s life.
The touching video tribute documents how the couple dealt with Willa Rose’s death and shows video footage from their wedding day, their daughter’s funeral and the speeches that were read out.
Billy Jack and Sara created the video because they believe Willa’s life had meaning even though it was cut very short. Sara explained, “An unborn baby is a baby, and that is a life. They have worth and value. Losing a child is so terrible and so hard.”
Although they are grieving, Brawner said they are doing it with hope in their hearts.
She adds at the end: “I just wish she was here”.
Now the couple says that they have found hope in their faith, and in an unexpected way Willa’s death has drawn them closer together.
You can watch their beautiful tribute to Willa in the video below:
For more information regarding baby movements during pregnancy, please see: http://www.countthekicks.org.uk/mums/your-babys-movements/