It was October 2020...
...When we found out we were expecting our second child. Because of complications with her first pregnancy, this news brought on a range of emotions for Toshina, but mostly a heart full of joy and excitement! We would be expanding our family! Our then, 6-year old son, would become a big brother. From the moment we found out, we anticipated and planned for our little one’s arrival. The date for the gender reveal had been set for Saturday, January 23, family had been invited, and the photographer booked. We had already been on Amazon multiple times, ordering everything from gender reveal cannons, to a "Big Brother" t-shirt for our son. After a difficult first 4 months of pregnancy, we finally had began seeing what we thought was a light at the end of the tunnel. However, nothing would prepare us for what was actually about to take place...
The date was January 19, 2021 and we had just arrived at the hospital for the gender reveal appointment (although we already knew what we were having due to chromosome testing); the very same hospital where Toshina had been admitted just days prior. A weekend that started off with panic and anxiousness due to a bleeding scare, ended with smiles and a sense of calm and relief as we heard our baby's heartbeat and saw him moving about on the hospital ultrasound. Experiencing bleeding of any kind for a soon-to-be mom is a very frightening ordeal. The fact that this was the second time it happened during this pregnancy only added to those emotions.
But there we were, sitting in the waiting area waiting for Toshina's name to be called. We smiled and laughed together, still basking in a sense of relief and excitement. We were about to see our baby again! The nurse called Toshina's name and escorted us back to the ultrasound room. Little did we know that would be the last time we would smile for days. It was at that time that we learned that our baby no longer had a heartbeat and Toshina had in fact experienced a miscarriage. She was 19 weeks and 3 days (almost 5 months) pregnant. Our lives would forever be changed.
On January 21, 2021, laying in the hospital feeling a strong sense of calling and urgency, Toshina knew that she needed to do something. Being discharged from the hospital with nothing but an enormous medical bill and the contact information of the hospital chaplain (who was absolutely wonderful, both at the hospital and with his ongoing support) did not help either. There was no doubt that a void needed to be filled and Toshina felt a strong desire to give back to other bereaved mothers who experienced this type of devastating loss. She knew that the range of support available to women varies significantly and wanted to do something to help others going through this heartbreak. That something would go on to be called, Angel Prints Corporation.
Brandon & Toshina Wiggins
Founders, Angel Prints Corporation
Founded in March of 2022 by Brandon and Toshina Wiggins, Angel Prints is a non-profit organization who's mission is to bring awareness to pregnancy and infant loss and support bereaved mothers, couples, and families who are affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or infant loss. Our goal is to partner with hospitals and medical facilities and other organizations to provide comfort and care boxes with resources and self-care items to bereaved mothers and/or couples who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
NEVER LOSE HOPE
To bring awareness to pregnancy and infant loss and support bereaved mothers, couples, and families who are affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or infant loss. Additionally, we will utilize our resources to educate the public by providing insightful information that will help erase the damaging stigma that accompanies these devastating tragedies.
To bring about worldwide relevance, awareness, and conversation about pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and infant loss.