Pregnancy/Infant Loss

  1. I am posting this a few days late, but better late than never....
    I just wanted to gently remind everyone that October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance month.
    I know breast cancer is important, but please remember those that have had a loss through ectopic pregnancy, miscarraige, stillbirth, and neonatal death.
    The date this year was Oct. 15...I have been unable to post this until today (it has been a BAD week).

    For those of you that are new-my son died on July 8, 2002. He was 12 days old. I delivered him at 32 weeks due to my PIH. He had multiple birth defects that we were unaware of despite the numerous ultrasounds that I had in my pregnancy. He passed away from complications related to his congenital heart defect.

    Getting the message out about Pregnancy/Infant Loss is now one of my top priorities I wish it was not.....

    If you know anyone that has suffered a loss, let them know you are thinking of them.....it may help more than you know.

    Sorry this is long-I tend to ramble when I am exhausted

    Ginger
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   KarafromPhilly
    Ginger, I'm so sorry for your loss.
  4. by   andrewsgranny
    Hi Ginger,
    Sorry about your loss. My daughter had a misscarriage this year about in her 3rd month. We were all saddened. She is now 8 weeks pregnant and we are on pins and needles for her. We are praying that this pregnancy will be fine. She went through a long period of blaming herself. She is better and is very happily pregnant.
    Thanks for the reminder.






  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss. What a horrible thing to endure. My heart goes out to you. There are quite a few of us here who have experienced infant/fetal/pregnancy loss and can relate to what you are saying here. And a LOSS IS A LOSS, no matter how early or what circumstance. I urge those coping with this to seek help from a pregnancy/infant loss support group or try a wonderful book I refer to all the time:

    Unspeakable Losses, Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion and Other Pregnancy Loss by Kim Klueger-Bell.

    Sadly, infant loss is not very well addressed in this book, but the many instances where one would lose a pregnancy from conception to term are. It also has a chapter for health care professionals caring for patients experiencing such losses that is quite helpful. I highly recommend it; It helped me thru the two losses I endured this year. To all who have experienced such sad losses, I remember you today.
  6. by   PowercarveJen
    Ginger
    My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.---Jenny
  7. by   nicubabe
    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and all those who have suffered a loss in my prayers. The dept. I work at holds a memorial service every year in October for all those who have suffered a loss during the previous year. Our grief program sends cards to the family on anniversary dates throughout the year as well as special holidays, so that the families know that their loss is not forgotten. It's important for friends and family to remember the loss and not ignore it as though it never happened.
  8. by   stressedlpn
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss. What a horrible thing to endure. My heart goes out to you. There are quite a few of us here who have experienced infant/fetal/pregnancy loss and can relate to what you are saying here. And a LOSS IS A LOSS, no matter how early or what circumstance. I urge those coping with this to seek help from a pregnancy/infant loss support group or try a wonderful book I refer to all the time:

    Unspeakable Losses, Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion and Other Pregnancy Loss by Kim Klueger-Bell.

    Sadly, infant loss is not very well addressed in this book, but the many instances where one would lose a pregnancy from conception to term are. It also has a chapter for health care professionals caring for patients experiencing such losses that is quite helpful. I highly recommend it; It helped me thru the two losses I endured this year. To all who have experienced such sad losses, I remember you today.
    I also recommend this book, I got it after a wonderful friend(see above) told me about it. Rembering all of those who have had losses you are in my prayers,
    kelli
  9. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by nicubabe
    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and all those who have suffered a loss in my prayers. The dept. I work at holds a memorial service every year in October for all those who have suffered a loss during the previous year. Our grief program sends cards to the family on anniversary dates throughout the year as well as special holidays, so that the families know that their loss is not forgotten. It's important for friends and family to remember the loss and not ignore it as though it never happened.
    We have a grief support group at the hopital I work at too. We had the annual "Walk to Remember" earlier this month-my husband and I attended-it was very special.
  10. by   ?burntout
    Thank you all that have read and posted replies-it means more than you know!
  11. by   maizey
    Sorry for you loss and every person that has suffered this type of loss. I know first hand, although it's been 31 years ago now, how terrible that type of loss is. Didn't even know they had a special time for this. Thanks for the info.
  12. by   Just Angi
    Ginger,
    My heart goes out to you and all the women and their families who have suffered this great loss. You are in my prayers. I will be sure to contact friends that have encountered this more often now. Thank you for your post.
  13. by   krisb
    I also had a miscarriage it took me alot time to recover from the loss mentally.

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