Mamie's Poppy Plates

(KATV) - Ideally, a healthy pregnancy will usually end with the birth of a healthy child -- but that's not always the case.

Stillborn births might be more common than you think and that's why a local organization is doing what they can to help the moms that say "goodbye" to their babies before they ever get to say "hello."

"I was 35 weeks pregnant and I remember not feeling her move for about 13 hours," remembers Stacy Dreher. "And I got scared."

A late night trip to the hospital revealed the worst news a parent can hear: their unborn daughter, Tinlee, didn't have a heartbeat. Stacy still had to endure 12 hours of labor to deliver her stillborn baby.

"I kept thinking...I guess I was holding on to hope that maybe they were wrong," said Dreher. "That maybe when she came out, she would cry. And I would hear it. They were wrong, they just can't be right. But I knew deep down that something wasn't right."

Doctors don't know why it happened but, on average, 1 in every 102 newborns dies in their first 28 days of life.

"Our world is shattered; our dreams. We were so close. What are we going to do? You feel like it's the end."

While still at the hospital, Dreher and her husband, Cody, were given a memory box. Inside was a plate in Tinlee's honor.

"I remember opening this up, and I just cried," Stacy said. "Because it was all her footprints. At the time, nothing else was on it but I remember thinking that this was something that she touched and that I would always cherish this."

The plate came from a group known as "Mamie's Poppy Plates." Mamie was another stillborn baby and her mom is now trying to get these keepsakes for all parents who are not able to take their babies home from the hospital.

"Kinda felt like it was a gift from me to her, you know? So it's very special to us."

On Saturday, June 22, the Drehers will be taking pert in a race to remember with a team of more than 100 friends and family members that will be walking in Tinlee's memory. It starts at Dickey Stephens Park at 6:00 p.m. and will also feature food, music and lots of kids activities. Click here for more information.

The Drehers were happy to share with us that they're pregnant with baby number two - due in December - and they hope their story can show others who have been through the same tragedy that there is hope.

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