The months leading up to a baby’s birth are often filled with excitement, planning and information-gathering through books like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad.” Parents-to-be may celebrate with pregnancy announcements, gender reveal parties and baby showers.
Most likely these were the types of things Lou Magrone ’04, DPT ’06, and his wife, Francine, were thinking about as they prepared for the arrival of their first baby in March 2017. However, in an instant, their world shattered. At 30 weeks pregnant, Francine noticed that the baby’s movements had slowed. She tried to chalk up her concerns to first-time pregnancy jitters but couldn’t shake her fears. She went to the hospital where she worked as a family nurse practitioner and confirmed that the baby was still, and there wasn’t a heartbeat.