In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a Bell County mom of three shared the moment she lost her twins during early labor.
In 2012, Marilyn Talbett found out she was pregnant with twin boys.
"I had two girls and then we were all looking forward to a boy. And then we said we're having two boys," said Talbett.
On Sept. 21, the day after her birthday, she felt something strange.
"And I was woken up to just I felt, I felt labor coming," said Talbett.
Eighteen weeks early, she delivered the first of her two twins, whom unfortunately didn't make it.
"As soon as that loss happened, I just remember complete sadness and weakness in my body," said Talbett.
The second of her two twins was still intact and she was trusting for his survival.
"The emotions were just so overwhelming because I had to think about my loss but I also had to be hopeful at the same time for my second boy," said Talbett.
Two days later, she went into early labor with her second boy.
"On Sept. 23, my body started to labor my second son and it was just, there was no stopping it," said Talbett.
Her second twin passed away.
"We felt pain and anger. I asked God a lot why he let them pass," said Mahal Thorpe, Marilyn's daughter.
"Seeing my mom in pain also hurt," said Malaya Thorpe, Marilyn's daughter.
Marilyn is not alone.
"The statistic is that 25 percent of pregnancies, so that would be one in four pregnancies, end either in miscarriage, ectopic, a molar pregnancy, a stillbirth, a fetal death or even death up to the first year of life," said Diana Bassett, Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse at Metroplex Hospital.
Two years later, like a rainbow after a storm, Marilyn gave birth to baby Mekhi, who is now 4-years-old.
"I was really, really happy at this point," said Talbett.
Her advice to anyone who has experience pregnancy and infant loss is to speak up.
"They can open up and talk to people and it won't be a burden. Don't feel like you're a burden," said Talbett.
Across the world, this evening at 7 p.m., those who are interested are encouraged to light a candle in remembrance of their babies in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
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