In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, an Evening for Bereaved Parents and Families Coping with Perinatal Loss will be held in Regina on October 24.
Perinatal loss includes infertility during the preconception period, fetal death during pregnancy (i.e. miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, therapeutic abortion, termination of pregnancy, and still birth), and infant death in the first year of life (neonatal death). It is estimated that one in four women experience perinatal loss in their lifetime.
“After losing Josie, I never felt more alone, not knowing if I could or would survive so I began to journal. I had no idea how therapeutic journaling would be for me and for those around me. It was such an incredible way to honour our Josie,” said Kim Casavant, who lost her infant daughter at full-term in 2007. “By sharing my story with others, it has helped my own broken heart heal in ways that I could never have imagined.”
Supporting individuals and families through perinatal loss is integral to patient and family-centred care. Parents and families are invited to participate in presentations and discussions on couple communication, the validation of feelings and viewing themselves as parents forever, how to talk to other people about your perinatal loss, and finding support and a network of people for grief and loss.
To attend, contact Leah Thorp at firstname.lastname@example.org or register here.