BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Lindsay Cough says she knew she wanted to be a mom since she was five years old. Six years ago, she and her first husband had a child, a healthy baby boy named Orion. This past winter, she and her second husband were expecting a baby girl, Henrietta.
Everything was going well with Lindsay's pregnancy. All her ultrasounds looked normal, and the baby was healthy. But then, Lindsay came down with the flu.
Lindsay developed a fever that she could not bring down. She noticed that her baby was moving less frequently inside her. She went to the doctor for another ultrasound and received devastating news: the baby's heart had stopped beating.
Lindsay was heartbroken.
"I had a really tough time coping with that. Bringing myself out of that was really difficult," she said.
With the love and support of those close to her, Lindsey decided to channel her grief into a creative outlet, and that's when Hen's Hats was born. Lindsay began crocheting baby hats as a way to cope with her loss. Soon, she had so many hats that she says she began giving them away to mothers in need.
Now she is starting to sell her handmade hats online, and says she plans to donate five percent of the proceeds to the March of Dimes, an organization that works to research infant health problems. She hopes her hats will raise awareness for an issue that is often left out of the conversation.
"So many people don't want to talk about the loss of babies, or any complications associated with babies, and that's a stigma that needs to be erased," Lindsay said. "It does happen, and the people who deal with it need to be supported. Whatever I can do to help the March of Dimes with what they're doing, I'm going to do it."
Lindsay thinks of Henrietta with every stitch she makes, and she hopes those who wear her hats will feel the warmth of the love she has for her daughter.
The March of Dimes will also be hosting a charity walk in Bar Harbor on May 4th. For more information on how to register, please visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/maine/events/10274_3135333431.html