National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – Resources & Events

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This month of awareness is used to share community resources and support for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.

We have compiled some community resources and upcoming events. If you have information or insight please get in touch at govalleykids@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Made Known Gathering

One in four women in our country has suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth. As a community, New Hope wants to surround these parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and church family with support. They want to acknowledge their loss and give them a space to grieve and heal.

October 5th, 2018, 6:30 pm
1850 American Drive, Neenah, Wisconsin
newhopeconnect.org/madeknown

We Remember Support Group

We Remember holds monthly in-person support meetings. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. at the Appleton Public Library. Visit our website at www.we-remember.org or e-mail support@we-remember.org for details.

www.facebook.com/groups/we.remember.wi

We Remember Monthly Support Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton
Meeting Room D (lower level of the library)

We Remember Monthly Support Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton
Meeting Room D (lower level of the library)

Walk to Remember
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration from 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, 4815 N. Lynndale Dr., Appleton

  • Approximate 1 mile trail with a short meditation and music. A tree will be planted in remembrance. Following the walk refreshments will be served.

ThedaCare Remembering Through Sharing

Group meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm. Memorial services are held on the first Wednesday in December. Call for information. Group meets at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah or Appleton. 920-729-3100

 


 

New Hope in Neenah’s annual event, Made Known, will be sharing letters written by parents who are missing their lost babies.

A letter to my daughter.

Dear Amelia,

Today you should be starting second grade. I find myself noticing the girls in what should be your class, wondering who would be your best friend. Who would you chat with as you hang up your backpack on the first day? Would you have wanted to wear a jumper or shorts with your uniform top? Hair down or up? What would we pack together for your first day of school lunch?

Instead of leaving you a smiley face post it in your lunch box, I am writing you this letter. As I send your older and younger brothers off to their first days, you are our missing piece. The first day of school pictures will feature two handsome little dudes in crisp polos and khaki shorts. They will be eager to talk about Minecraft, karate and Captain Underpants with their friends as they return from summer break. After school they will pile in the back of the car, the familiar smell of sweaty boy reminding me to ask them who they played with at afternoon recess. They will most certainly ask if they can have snack as soon as we walk in the door. Your brothers are ALWAYS hungry.

There are plenty of people who don’t know there should be a girl in between my two boys. They would never guess how our family will always have a missing piece. I want you to know I still get to talk about you a lot. You may never have met them, but so many people know your story. God makes beauty from ashes, and in your death, beautiful connections and bonds have been made. The common grief of miscarriage has brought some amazing people into my life.

There’s a passion and purpose in my heart to speak of you, to speak of the pain of loss, so that no other mama or daddy has to feel alone in their journey. 1 in 4 families have suffered the same loss. So many babies dreamed of and prayed for. I know I’m not alone when I wonder what you would have been like.

I don’t get to watch you grow up. I won’t be able to hold you in my arms on this side of eternity, but I promise I will continue to say your name, Amelia Ruth Homburg. I will continue to make space for families who shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. I will love your brothers well. Know that you are never far from my mind.

All my love,

Mama

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As the owner and publisher of Go Valley Kids Amanda is passionate about connecting families with resources and businesses in our community. Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, Amanda Chavez has a love for her community. As a busy mom of 2 little girls, she and her husband are always on the lookout for fun things to do and share with others. Go Valley Kids combines all of her passions –motherhood, design and community. Some of her other interests also peak through on GVK including baking, photography and sewing!

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