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Jake Matthew Steckler Please visit often, as I will add updates.
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We are sad to announce the short life of our son, Jake Matthew.  He came into our lives on Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 1:59 am.  He weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.  Jake left us on Sunday, June 20, 2004 taking with him a lifetime of hopes and dreams we had for him.

In the three short weeks of his life, Jake touched many hearts.  He will always be our firstborn child and forever will be our beloved baby boy.

- Scott and Jenna Steckler
Jake was born at 36 weeks by emergency c-section after a massive hemorrhage.  His umbilical cord was velementously inserted into the placenta while the vessels crossed over the cervix.  This complication is called Vasa Previa (VP).  Jake was revived, but suffered severe brain damage.  He passed away three weeks later.

Pregnancies achieved by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are 3 to 10 times more likely to be complicated by VP than other pregnancies.  Some doctors have a dismal view of VP & falsely believe that nothing can be done to save the baby.  The reality is, when  VP is detected, babies have almost a 100% chance of survival.  Please go to the attached links to learn more about this condition. 

The mission of the International Vasa Previa Foundation (IVPF) is to create awareness about VP, its risk factors, testing, and successful management of this devastating condition.  All pregnant women need to be their own advocates.  Insist that your OB check the cord insertion to the placenta during your sonogram.  If you have a risk factor for VP, insist on a TVS & color doppler.  Jake's legacy is to save other babies' lives and their parents from the pain & heartache of losing a child.  Your donation to the IVPF will help Jake's work.
International Vasa Previa Foundation
Vasa Previa support group
Nathan Elliot Paris

Tearsoup Grief Support
Frequently Asked Questions about VP/VCI
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Jake's scrapbook from Aunt Dana
I Blew You a Kiss

I blew you a kiss upon the wind
Did you catch it?
Soft as a Unicorn's mane
Sweet as a mystic lake
A subtle breath upon your lips?

I lifted my arms to Heaven
Did you feel me?
Warm as a summer night
Sincere as a mermaid's smile
A light caress upon your skin?

I love you set sail among the stars
Did you hear it?
A whisper through mighty Oaks
A shout through a numinous midnight
A mysterious flutter of your heart?

I miss you

by Margaret Marr
Jenna's Journal
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