Byrd, Belinda

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 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, 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.

Eady, Akira

Akira Eady, 21, of the Bronx, New York, suffered a seizure shortly after giving birth to a daughter. Errol Louis, a reporter for, wrote that she suffered a heart attack and stroke. Her three children all ended up in the custody of her boyfriend. Akira’s mother, Deneen Eady, of Charleston, South Carolina, came to gain custody of her grandchildren after the death of Akira’s two-year-old son died of internal injuries while in the boyfriend’s care.

This quilt block was created by Michelle Connor.

Haley, Aimee J.

Aimee J. Haley, 38, died in Omaha in February, 2009, along with her baby daughter, because of an amniotic fluid embolism. She was eight months pregnant at the time she suffered this once rare but now more common complication.

This quilt block was created by Megan Blinn.

Ardoin, Agnes (Aggie)

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.