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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
October 10, 2018

October 15 is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day

Did you know that as many as one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage and each year in Canada there are approximately six stillborn infants in 1,000 total births?

On October 15 we acknowledge and remember these losses, as well as the unique grief that bereaved parents and families experience.

Staff in HPHA's Maternal Child Program (Mat/Child) are helping to build awareness around the prevalence of pregnancy and infant loss and the need to support families who experience this loss.

“Infant loss at any stage of a pregnancy is an extremely emotional and life changing event, even for the staff involved,” says Sherri Haase RN, Team Leader. “The nurses from Maternal Child would like to raise awareness of the prevalence of pregnancy and infant loss and educate others about the impact it has on these families. Due to this being a delicate and sensitive subject, it isn't often discussed openly. We want to let our community and colleagues know what we do as an organization to compassionately support and care for these bereaved families on a day-to-day basis.”

Staff members from Mat/Child will be in the Main Lobby at Stratford General Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 15. They will have information on the resources and services offered at HPHA to support bereaved parents and families. If you can't drop in and chat with staff, we've listed these resources below.

  • Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - A volunteer based photography service that comes free of charge to photograph the infants if the parents consent. Photographs are touched up if necessary and mailed to the parents
  • Angel Gowns - Volunteers use used wedding gowns to make infant sized gowns for still birth infants. Free of charge
  • Sweater sets/Blankets - Volunteers provide knitted or crocheted sweaters/hats/booties and blankets for the infants. All different sizes to accommodate infants at different sizes of development.
  • Books - A children's book explaining death so siblings can understand at their level. The SGH Foundation currently is funding this initiative
  • Resource books and pamphlets - The Pregnancy And Infant Loss (PAIL) Network (Sunnybrook Hospital) provides multiple resources for grieving parents to connect them with follow up and help post discharge. You can visit their website to learn more.
  • Footprints - Parents have the option to have their infant's feet foot printed with colourful paint in the shape of a butterfly.
  • Weighted Teddy Bears - A new initiative, the SGH Foundation will be providing our program with teddy bears to stuff with weighted material that will match the infant's weight. Parents have the option to take a teddy home weighted to their infant's weight.
  • Social work follow up and referrals - Offered to all patients experiencing a loss.