Spotlight & Giveaway: Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello


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Saying Goodbye without Saying Hello is my journey through my pregnancy in 2012-2013 with my second daughter, Dakota Emily. Everything went well throughout the pregnancy and when I went into labor, I found out she had passed. The autopsy revealed no reason for her death despite all the concerns that I had during the pregnancy. This book captures my entire journey and each feeling I had during the pregnancy, her passing, and after.

covergifTitle: Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello

Author: RaeBeth McGee-Buda

Genre: Non-Fiction

Date Published: October 15, 2013



The journey of pregnancy brings hope, joy, and love for the expecting mother. The hope of giving birth to a new life. The joy of feeling this new life grow inside of her. The love that starts with a test that doesn’t ever end. Dreams for the unborn child flood the new mother’s mind, as well as those around her. Each step of the pregnancy is a cherished moment. The anticipation of meeting her cherished baby builds from the very first month and ends after birth.

This is the story of one mother and how a few words changed her life forever. How a piece of her faded when she heard these words: “There’s no heartbeat.” When RaeBeth Buda laid in the hospital in labor, she and her husband heard those dreaded words.

What happens when all of those dreams are shattered in a moment’s notice? How does one cope with the loss of their child? This is the story of their journey and of the devastating grief of the loss of her daughter, Dakota Emily Buda.


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Around 1:00 on the morning of the 27th, a person from the OB floor called my name. I motioned him over. He grabbed the wheelchair and pushed me through the halls. Mom and Greg followed closely behind. When we finally got to the sixth floor, they took me into triage room one.

“Hello, what brings you in?” The woman asked as she came in.

“I think we’re about to have a baby.” I answered her with a smile.

Why else would we be there? It’s not everyday people like to hang out in the OB part of the hospital for no reason at all.

“Okay, you’ll need to strip from your waste down. I’ll need a sample of your urine here in this cup and put the rest in the plastic bin. I’ll be back in a few minutes to hook you up.” She instructed as she pointed to the small toilet in the room.

It was a good thing I had to go. I looked over at my mom and Greg as I said, “Hope I can do this without peeing all over the place.” Of course, I tried to make both laugh and succeeded. As I pulled down my panties, I noticed a small amount of blood. My mom and Greg noticed too.

“The bloody show. You’re definitely not going anywhere any time soon.” My mom said with a smile. “We’re gonna have a baby!” She chanted excitedly.

The only thing I could come back with was, “Or she’s in distress.”

“Don’t think like that. All will be fine. Have some faith.” My mom said to calm me down and comfort me.

Once I was ready to get on to the bed, I slowly made my way with Greg’s help. I laid back and the contractions were much stronger. Around one in the morning, the nurse finally came back in, shut the door, and walk to the left side of the bed. She grabbed a strap and placed it on my belly. “This will monitor the contractions, which I see you’re definitely having.”

Once the strap was in place, she fiddled with the machine for a few minutes and said, “Let’s find that heartbeat.”

She grabbed the gel, put a good bit on my belly, and grabbed the Doppler. Once she spread out the gel, she started searching for Dakota’s heartbeat. I couldn’t wait to hear it. It was only a matter of seconds before I’d hear it.

She kept moving around on my belly. I pointed to right side of my belly button and said, “This is usually where my doctor found her heartbeat without a problem.” She moved the device there. We still didn’t hear anything.

After another squirt of gel on my belly, she searched again. My heart raced and panic overtook me. Something was wrong. I could feel it. I glanced at my mom and Greg. They were worried too. I saw Greg swallow hard and turned my attention back to the nurse.

“Sometimes it takes time to find the heartbeat. The baby could be lying with her back towards yours, which makes it hard for the machine to pick it up. I’m going to get an ultrasound machine. That will definitely pick it up.” The nurse said, as she placed the Doppler back and walked out of the room.

My mom saw worry and panic cross my face. She stood up from her chair and walked over to me. “Let’s pray” she said. My mom, Greg, and I said a quick prayer while we waited on the nurse. Within a few minutes, the door opened and the nurse pushed in an ultrasound machine. She plugged it in and turned it on.

As she stood to the right of me, Greg and my mom were on my left. My mom held my leg and Greg took a hold of my hand. I eagerly wanted the nurse to put a fire under her ass and hurry up. It seemed like everyone and everything started moving in slow motion. The nurse began looking at Dakota through the ultrasound.

At first, I couldn’t tell what was on the screen. What I noticed was that she was not trying to hear her heart but to see it. That was when it came into view. My daughter’s heart was not beating. I rubbed my eyes, thinking they were playing a trick on me. The nurse stood up and walked out of the room without saying a word.

Moments later, three other medical personnel walked into the room. They whispered in their small circle where we couldn’t hear and continued looking at the screen. The room was quiet. I heard the ultrasound machine running and could have heard a pin drop. I knew my baby was gone by the look on their faces, but no one said anything.

“Ummm, hello? Someone tell me what’s going on?” I yelled. I was tired of it. I knew what this meant, but I wanted them to say it. It was not final until someone had said it.

The doctor closest to me said, “I’m sorry. She’s gone.”

1 x Signed Copy of Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello (US Only)
1 x Signed Postcard
1 x Magnet
1 x $5 Amazon GC





clip_image004Best Selling Author, RaeBeth McGee-Buda is resides in a tiny valley at the ridges of the Application Mountains in Fairchance, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter, her dog, Cody, and her newest family addition, Romeow her pure white cat.

She’s been writing in some form her entire life, but loving young sister, Audra McGee noticed her talent, and gave her the reassurance she needed to start her writing career. After many months of deliberation, RaeBeth decided to trust her sister’s word and expand her short story into what we all know and love as The Silenced Series.

RaeBeth is a mother to an angel in Heaven…Miss Dakota, whom she honored in Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello. Her goals for her books are to inspire and give hope. She is a Christian author, who firmly believes in God and incorporates her faith into some of her work.


Tour Schedule – One Week Blog Tour for Saying Goodbye… Without Saying Hello by RaeBeth McGee-Buda from May 26 to June 1, 2014.
May 26
Blushing Divas Book Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight with Excerpt
Karen Swart – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Movies, Shows & Books – Spotlight with Excerpt & Dakota’s Playlist
May 27
Crazy Beautiful Reviews – Review, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Idle Musings of a Writer’s Mind – Spotlight with Excerpt, Review & Author Interview
A Book Addict’s Delight – Spotlight with Excerpt
May 28
Book Hostage – Spotlight with Excerpt
JeanzBookReadNReview – Spotlight with Excerpt, Review (TBA) , Author Interview, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
May 29
Kim’s Book Blog – Spotlight with Excerpt, Review & Dakota’s Birthday Party
For The Love of Books – Spotlight with Excerpt, Review, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
May 30
Cajun Book Lover – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
As You Wish Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Darkest Cravings – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
May 31
Bottles & Books Reviews – Review, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Fallen Over Book Reviews – Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Eclipse Reviews – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
June 1
Book Nook Nuts – Spotlight with Excerpt & Review
Our New Generation for Reading – Spotlight with Excerpt
Kitty Muse and Me – Spotlight with Excerpt, Dakota’s Birthday Party, Dakota’s Playlist & Dakota’s Poem
Debbie Jeans – Review

9 thoughts on “Spotlight & Giveaway: Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello

  1. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to be part of this very special blog tour for my daughter. Your post looks great. Have a wonderful day and once again thank you so very much.

    • You’re welcome. I can’t imagine going through what you have gone through and what you’re going through. I’m sure writing the book has helped. God bless you and yours.

  2. I am NOT a writer but even if I were I don’t know where I would get the words to express the sorrow you must have felt after waiting nine long months for the arrival of a healthy bouncing baby then to have this happen. Well, you found the words and you did a great job. I don’t know what you expect me to say, this isn’t just about winning a copy of a book… I’d like to tell you that I am truly sorry and also it takes a lot of courage to celebrate her one year birthday. most people would want to just put this out of their mind forever if that were possible. Be encouraged what the fact that life does go on and the sun will shine again !

  3. I really think this book is so needed. Maybe reading it will inspire me to write about my own story. I was 27 weeks when I went into a coma due to the H1N1 Flu and Pneumonia. When I woke up 2 weeks later, my daughter had died. I’m looking forward to reading this book!!

  4. Thank you for sharing Raebeth’s story. I couldn’t imagine what they have been through.

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