DELETE the following? The purpose of Caring & Coping, the monthly support group offered by H.E.A.R.T.strings, is to provide an atmosphere where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and share their feelings about their loss and the love for their babies. It is also a place where parents have the opportunity to express the love for their baby and their compassion for others, where they can give and receive emotional support by sharing common experiences, and learn about the natural grief process while learning to live with their loss.
Rainbow PALS feedback/Quotes -When I had my first loss I thought I should keep it to myself and that no one wants to hear my troubles. But after I had my second my doctor told me that there are tons of support groups for women like me. I found tons on Facebook but nothing like yours. I love that I have one that is for women in Atlanta. If I have a question about a fertility specialist or an ob, I know you guys have seen it all! The package that you send out gives me hope that I will have my baby one day. Having so much support and love has helped me go through my infertility journey. I know it is such a help to women feel that they are not alone. Thanks for being a part of this! -This program has been very helpful in healing and moving on in remembrance of our babies. It's comfort knowing that someone understands what we as healing moms (and dads) experience and go through while trying to get through a successful (and possibly stressful) pregnancy. It brings comfort overall that is definitely needed. -I am so thankful for the unexpected & awesome love and support that I have received from the bereavement counselors, Rainbow PALS, and the staff at Northside Hospital. -It meant the world to me to receive my Rainbow Care package as soon as I delivered my "Rainbow Baby Boy, Kieran Alexander" (02/18/2017). I received a onesie, hat, candle, rainbow magnet, and book. -I have gotten many treasures from Northside to honor, cherish, and remember my "Angel Baby Boy, R.J." (02/23/2016). I hold every item near & dear to my heart. I am very grateful for each one & they bring me lots of peace and comfort. -Thank you Northside! The fact that you have a rainbow baby program speaks volumes. The fact that the program you have is so incredible means even more. I would never have a baby anywhere else! -We love our rainbow baby package so much. My older kids love it and I love it. It is a reminder that people remember what we have been through and what we are looking forward to.
- It's not hard to justify the continuation of this program. I have experience d benefits myself and witnessed the benefits of others who have experienced t= he sweet gifts that come from having this program in place. I can only speak for myself and I can say that Northside Hospital is doing something so incredible. They are taking things to the next level when it comes to world class healthcare. They set the standard when it comes to truly helping their patients by providing such a program. I proudly posted my rainbow sticker on the door to let anyone entering my room know so I didn't have to keep explaining my very delicate situation. Why I am a different patient with a different situation. Not to compare rainbow babies to a patient requiring isolation precautions, but both announcements offer information to our healthcare staff to properly care for the patient. And sure, I can tell my daughter about her brother, but that book is read to her and it helps me to project my feelings about the baby before her. I could have probably looked up such book and purchased it myself, but it meant the world to me for someone (Northside Perinatal Loss) to remember my baby that came before my daughter. That my sons memory should live on and this program helps us to accomplish this very important factor that leads to our healing. -Thank you from the bottom of my still broken but mended heart. -Thank you so much for the support and the rainbow baby care package 😊 -Lauryn Ansleigh Burns was Born 8/29/17 @ 12:34pm 5lbs 7oz 18 3/4 inches long!
General Stillbirth or IUFD (intrauterine fetal death) or SADS (Sudden Antenatal Death Syndrome):
The death of a baby before delivery (at 20 weeks gestation or greater)
Many parents who have delivered a baby at less than 20 weeks gestation will refer to their babies as being stillborn, not miscarried.
This type of loss claims over 10 times as many babies' every year as does SIDS.
An estimated 26,000 stillbirths occur annually in the USA.
Despite advances in so many areas of obstetrics, the incidence of stillbirths in the USA has not decreased by much for many decades.
Two-thirds of stillborn babies, including many that undergo an autopsy or genetic testing, are diagnosed as having died for "undetermined or unknown" reasons.
Stillbirths are as random as raindrops, occurring for no apparent cause even in the case of mothers who lead a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.
Data collection on stillbirth is often inconsistent from state to state; however, it believed that 1 in 3 stillbirths are caused by cord accidents, infections, genetic anomalies, maternal diabetes, and placental failures of varying kinds.
The following documents are printable/viewable resource sheets. Each sheet includes suggestions for how to embrace loss and gives helpful suggestions for how to support one another.