1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lives. Every single day in the US, 2,000 women lose a baby to pregnancy or infant loss. Each year, over one million pregnancies end in miscarriage, still birth or a death of a newborn baby. The numbers are staggering, and still they can’t quantify the level of grief that women face silently every day around the world. The loss of a child no matter the gestation or age becomes a part of women, which they carry for the rest of their lives.  The loss of a child is a taboo in our society, and families often suffer in silence, unable to share about their beloved babies. Unlike the terms “widow” or “orphan”, there is no word to describe parents who lose their babies, and so they often feel alone. Even though healthcare practitioners may not be well trained on how to care for mothers who experienced loss, and family and friends may not know how to help, please know that you are not alone.

If you have experienced perinatal loss, please know that it is not your fault, and that within reach, there are caring people who can support you.

Local Support Groups:

Camarillo Hospice: 805.389.6870, Camarillo

The Compassionate Friends of West Ventura: 910.610.8918, Ventura

The Compassionate Friends of Ventura County: 805.579.7065, Thousand Oaks

Hospice of the Conejo: 805.495.2145, Thousand Oaks

Online Resources:

Still Birthday: resource regarding pregnancy loss for both parents and birth professionals

Faces of Loss: a place to share your story and connect with others who have survived loss

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: provides photography services for stillbirth and infant loss

Compassionate Friends: an organization that provides in person support groups for bereaved parents

Still Standing Magazine: a resource for parents

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support: offers support groups and resources for families surviving a loss

The Miss Foundation: counseling, advocacy, research and education for grieving families

Return to Zero H.O.P.E: resources and retreats for bereaved parents

October 15th: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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