Blevins, Christine Oaks

Christine BlevinsChristine Oaks Blevins died in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the age of 20, due to unknown complications. She died in June or July, 1985, and is greatly missed by her two surviving children, husband and her best girlhood friend, Colleen McAtee, of Summertown, Tennessee.

This quilt block was created by Ina May Gaskin.

Bolden, Christine

Christine BoldenChristine Bolden, 26, died on April 5, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a brain aneurysm suffered the previous month. A resident of Muskegon, she had called her brother on the last day of February to tell him that she had picked out baby names for the twin boys she was pregnant with, choosing to name them Nicholas and Alexander.

On the following day, she collapsed and was hospitalized. The decision was made to keep her on a respirator for a month to save the babies. The babies were delivered on April 5 by cesarean at 25 weeks’ gestation. Christine Bolden had two other childeren, an 11-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

Dr. Cosmos Vandeven, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies at University of Michigan hospital, said Bolden’s case is a “very exceptional scenario.”

This quilt block was created by Michele Connor.

Bryant, Chanelle

Chanelle BryantChanelle Bryant, 22, of Pasadena, California, died in 2004 after taking RU-486 and Cytotec in early pregnancy for termination of that pregnancy.

This quilt block was created by Kathy Herron.

Barron, Cecilia

Cecilia BarronCecilia Barron went to the hospital in Mena, Arkansas, on April 27, 2003, having mild contractions with her first baby. Because she lived 35 miles from the hospital, she was kept for observation. She was there for about 4 hours, with her dilation at 2 centimeters before she began having problems. Her husband, who was with her in her hospital room, came out and told the nurse that she was having a problem breathing. The nurse called the doctor. Then she entered the room and found Ms. Barron really struggling to breathe.

An emergency cesarean was performed. The baby did well, but physicians were unable to save Ms. Barron’s life. Labor was neither induced nor augmented in her case.

This quilt block was created by Ina May Gaskin.


BridgetBridget’s story comes from her own blog, which ended with her death on December 16, 2006. Widowed and the mother of three children, she was pregnant with her fourth child with her new husband, an obstetrician-gynecologist named Derek, she died from a brain aneurysm while cooking dinner. Her baby died with her, too premature to be saved.

This quilt block was created by Susan Greene.

Bustamonte, Avelina

Avelina BustamonteAvelina Bustamonte, 32, died on October 29, 1999, in Granada Hills, California, following 5 months in coma caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. The hemorrhage was caused by preeclampsia.

Byrd, Belinda

Belinda Byrd

Belinda Byrd was 37 years old when she died in Inglewood, California, on January 27, 1987, from complications following an abortion.

Carder, Angela

Angela Carder

Angela Carder suffered from cancer as a child. After treatment, her cancer went into remission for many years. She married and became pregnant. During her pregnancy, her cancer returned. She was diagnosed as terminally ill by the time she was five to six months into her pregnancy. Despite the expressed wishes of Carder, her husband and family members, and her own physician, the federal government took an interest in preserving the life of her child and backed a court-ordered cesarean. Both Carder and her baby died shortly after the surgery.

Angela Carder died on June 1, 1987, at the age of 27, in Washington, DC.

This quilt block was created by Lorie Brillinger, CNM.

Campanari, Andrea

Andrea Campanari

Andrea Campanari, age 33, went missing one week after the birth of her first child. Her husband, Juan Ordonez, a student at the Kellogg School of Management, quickly organized a search party and posted notices on the campuses of universities in the Chicago area. Sadly, Campanari’s body was found in the bathroom of a Chicago restaurant. Suffering from postpartum psychosis, she had apparently stabbed herself multiple times. She died on February 27, 2004. Her son, Joaquin, survives.

This quilt block was created by Lorna Mazoff.

Ardoin, Agnes (Aggie)

Agnes Ardoin

Agnes (Aggie) Ardoin, 37, died on October 16, 2012, in Raceland, Louisiana, one day after giving birth to her second daughter, Izabella. The probable cause of death, according to a local news report was that a blood clot formed in her coronary artery after an emergency cesarean. The clot then dislodged and caused her death.

This quilt block was created by Barbara Resendes.

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