Letter of Mother to Unborn Child

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Letter of Mother to Unborn Child is a personal letter of a terminally-ill mother to the child she is carrying in her womb. It tells of a mother’s fight to live not only for herself but more for the child who she may not live to see.


May 19, 2013

To my child who is yet to be born,

Four months ago in this hospital, I heard the most wonderful news any woman could hear in her life. After consulting the doctor for nausea and general ill-feeling, I felt one hundred percent better when I heard her words. She said, “Congratulations, you are going to be a mommy!”

It only took those words to put me in complete mommy mode. I took care of myself better. I started decorating the spare room for you. I even had a ready name for you. You are going to be known as Katarina if you’re a girl or Franco if you’re a boy. My doctor said I will feel a lot better as you grew in my tummy. She said the malaise I feel will be gone in no time. For you, I’ll go through anything even if it has to be this way for nine whole months of carrying you inside me. The feeling however grew worse and my doctor asked me  to undergo several tests. She said she will have to consult a specialist for some of the results  and felt a sense of urgency about her during my last three  visits.

Today, I am here in the same hospital where I first heard the good news about you. I woke up here after passing out earlier for unknown reasons. My doctor and another doctor who they called a specialist of some kind talked to me about a rare and fatal blood disease which I am supposed to have. They were also asking me to consider the possibility of losing you since it would require aggressive treatment to get me well. However, there were no guarantees either for me or you.

What exactly do they want me to answer?  They are asking me to decide immediately with regards to the treatment. I have already answered them that I would go for any treatment that will not harm you. They are asking me to reconsider because that option will give me almost no chance of surviving.

Your father is pleading with me to save myself. Much as he loves you as well, he is begging me not to leave him by saying yes to the treatment. Am I being selfish when I choose you over myself knowing that this might be my only chance to bring forth a child in this world?

Leaving you and your father behind was not included in my plans. The three of us plus your siblings were supposed to be one happy family. I was supposed to live long enough to see your children and not anytime soon.

My child, they say I have roughly six months left in my hands. You still need more time to grow fully inside the comfort of my body. You will have it even if I have to die trying. I am not giving up on myself yet because I know you need me but if I fail in saving myself, please know that I love you.

Your mother,

Letter Writer



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Teresa Martinez

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16 Responses to “Letter of Mother to Unborn Child”

  1. Franc Ramon says:

    This is such a sweet letter and I hope the mom makes it in the end but the sacrifice she’s willing to take just to save her baby is admirable.

  2. Pao says:

    This is very beautiful. You don’t see enough moms doing the same thing these days and this letter could be an eye opener to those who would think twice if they faced the same dilemma..

  3. - Justin - says:

    I am just amazed at how you write.. how do you find inspirations..?? you seem to understand the deep emotional connection between the mother and the unborn child which fascinates me…

    keep on writing!! 🙂


    – Justin –

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Thanks Justin, maybe it comes with trying to understand the different human situations we encounter in life.

  4. Algene says:

    This is another beautiful letter from a mom who really cares! I will share this to a good friend who’s expecting to deliver a healthy baby boy next month.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Thanks. I hope through these letters, we will all get to understand more the different situations people find themselves in.

  5. The letter is so inspiring, I might show this to my sister who is pregnant right now. 😀

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Thanks, hope this letter inspires many others especially those who are going through difficult pregnancies.

  6. I’ve done this when my eldest was 5 months in my womb. Sadly, I could not find it anymore. 🙁

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      I’m sure it is just somewhere in your belongings. It would a real treasure for your child if you find it.

  7. I love this line ” You still need more time to grow fully inside the comfort of my body. You will have it even if I have to die trying.” Reminds me of my second pregnancy, I had abnormalities during the tests and my doctor sent me to a specialist, the specialist suggested for me to have Amniocentesis, a procedure that could possibly lead to a miscarriage. I said “NO” right away because deep in my heart, I know that no matter how my baby would look like, she is a gift and I could not risk of losing him just because I did a test. It turned out, my baby was healthy.

  8. betchai says:

    this post is touching to the core, stirring deep emotions, regardless what the mom decides, I believe there is no wrong. if she decides to say yes for the treatment, I won’t see her as selfish at all, but someone who wants to continue the vow of “for better or for worse, will fight for our love til death do us part”. however, her decision to not choose treatment also speaks of someone who loves so much of the life in her womb, let the natural cycle of life decide for both of them, may both of them survive.

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