The March of Dimes Mission/Support group met for our first official support group meeting lastnight. We all introduced ourselves and shared a little about our babies. We had everyone there from a teenager who has experienced a missed miscarriage, to a stillbirth at 28 weeks due to a clotting disorder (me), to a lady whose son was born premature and had to fight and still is fighting (four years later) to live a healthy life and she also had a baby girl in December at 37 weeks, stillborn due to placental abruption. Then there was the mom who delivered her twins at 24 weeks...one is now an active almost three year old and the other passed after two days in NICU and then there was the couple who joined us later and tearfully told us about the miscarraige she experienced less than a week ago at 8 1/2 weeks. We all had our own varied experienced with pregnancy and loss, but there we sat, in that small meeting room opposite the hospital cafeteria, bonding through our grief.
I shared what I believe the three main purposes of this group are.
1) To support each other.
2) To support other grieving parents through care packages and resources.
3) To educate the community in the matters of prematurity and pregnancy & infant loss.
So after our introductions we started to talk about the care packages. We are currently assembling care packages for our local hospital to give to women who experience stillbirth, but I really didn't know what was available for women experiencing miscarriage. Come to find out...nothing. The lady who had the most recent miscarraige said they gave her a stack of papers about pain management after the D & C and medical stuff and she just happened to find the brochure about the MoD Support group among those papers. So we started a list of what we might include in these packages.
This is where I need some help. I know many women that have felt the pain of miscarraige and I would like your input on what to include in these packages. If something was given to you during your time at the hospital or the doctors office that was particular helpful, what was it? Or what do you WISH you would have been given at that time? Thank you all for your input! If you have thoughts to contribute, leave a comment below or friend me on facebook and we can talk.
I will be making a request later in regards to our "education" goal and I know lots of you have great ideas in this area as well!