White Flowers Press
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
White Flowers Press is pleased to announce the release of Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death, by Dianna Vagianos Armentrout.
At the age of 42, five months into a joyful pregnancy, Dianna Vagianos Armentrout received the devastating news that the child she was carrying so hopefully might never be born.
Doctors delivered the heartbreaking diagnosis to Dianna and her husband: the developing baby was suffering from Trisomy 18 — a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder that stacked the odds profoundly against them; only 50% of Trisomy 18 babies carried to term are born alive, and many who are born survive only to their first birthdays.
Walking the Labyrinth of my Heart, published by White Flowers Press, is the powerful story of Vagianos Armentrout’s heartfelt, courageous decision to carry the developing child to birth, whatever the outcome or emotional cost. With a poet’s sensibility and insight, with the passionate connection of a mother for a child, the author takes us into her heart as she moves from disbelief to acceptance; as she travels the slippery path of a precarious pregnancy; as she witnesses the birth, and soon after, the death, of her longed-for daughter. Through journal entries, essays, and poetry, Vagianos Armentrout takes readers on the spiritual journey of a mother who found love in the midst of anguish; beauty in the face of mourning; a woman who discovered a deep connection with a not-yet-born child as they travelled an uncertain road together. Eloquent, raw, a record of both grief and celebration, Vagianos Armentrout shares her deep belief, learned through the tiny baby girl she named Mary Rose, that there is a purpose to every life — however brief — and that the spirit illuminates even the greatest loss.
Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death, by Dianna Vagianos Armentrout is available in both paperback and digital version through White Flowers Press, Amazon and other fine online retailers. For more information, please visit www.diannavagianos.com.
Title: Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Newborn Death
Author: Dianna Vagianos Armentrout
ISBN-10: 0-9821176-4-7 (softcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9821176-4-4 (softcover)
Page count: 130
Publication date: May 22, 2016
Publisher: White Flowers Press, LLC