The Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program offers support for parents through one of the most devastating losses imaginable. This program, unique to Home Hospice Association, fills a gap in care as it is the only program that supports people through the loss, not just after the loss. Support can begin as soon as the parent learns the pregnancy is no longer viable; whether from a terminal diagnosis, learning that there is no longer a heartbeat, experiencing a miscarriage, or the need for a medically required pregnancy termination. These services are provided at no cost and your support helps give families much needed care throughout a very difficult time.
One in four - that means 25% of pregnancies do not result in a live birth. When you consider the siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents who will also experience this devastating loss, the loss affects many more people. Despite this far-reaching impact of a pregnancy loss, the support available was almost non-existent until Home Hospice developed the program that you are walking to help support. With your help, we are able to provide progressive healing and care before, during and after delivery.
Your walk efforts fund:
Professional support to plan for the delivery, and help in the delivery room
Compassionate care for other family members present at the hospital
Post delivery one-on-one care
“Our Babies, Our Grief” - a six week progressive healing group
A scholarship program to train Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doulas who will provide support
the Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program
Gather your family, friends, co-workers, or members of other groups and join Home Hospice Association’s Pre and Perinatal Hospice Team Challenge. Group challenges are always a fun element of the Moonlit Memory Walk. Your team (2 or more people from your family, network, community or service group, or workplace) are invited to challenge others to establish a team, or another team to match or beat your team’s fundraising efforts.
One More Thing….
Here’s a powerful example that illustrates the importance of your support:
In week 6 of the “Our Babies, Our Grief” progressive healing group a small, smooth stone gets passed out to each member, and they are invited to write a word, a name or something that represents their transformation going forward on the stone. One of the group members wrote the word “hope” on hers. Her baby had been born stillborn over a year ago, and she shared that before joining the group she felt that she didn’t have hope. Now, a year and a half later, she invited the facilitator of the group to their gender reveal party, where it was revealed that they were having another girl! She then took out of her pocket that very same stone that she’d kept from the group session and said they were giving this baby a middle name of Hope. She went on to say “We wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for your group, for you, and for all that you do.”
We hope that you will consider joining us on The Moonlit Memory Walk to help raise funds to support programs like the Pre and Perinatal Program. Your donations allow us to continue to help those in need, and to support them through their loss without the additional worry or barrier of cost.