Miscarriage and stillbirth are generally misunderstood, often overlooked, and almost always minimized. Fifteen to twenty percent of pregnant women personally experience a miscarriage in the U.S. each year. One in 200 pregnant women experience a stillbirth. About seven in 1000 babies die before their first birthday. Countless others watch as their friends and family go through these losses.
But you would never guess how many parents have lost a baby--until you are there yourself.
Prenatal loss hardly ever makes the headlines. Even those individuals who are trained to care for people during loss (doctors, pastors, counselors, etc.) are often at a loss themselves to know how to care for people who have lost a baby.
Grief over the loss of a baby is generally quite private. After all, the tiny person didn't get a chance to be properly introduced to the world. The mom and dad are hit the hardest with grief. Sometimes their closest friends and family members will share in the grief for a season. Often it can feel like only a handful of people care, especially over the long term.
Many couples feel the grief over miscarriage or stillbirth years after the loss. Others close up their feelings and try their best to move forward. For those who have felt the personal pain of losing a baby, the emotions, questions, and grief need to be felt, answered, and worked through.
Is there any hope for moms and dads of miscarried and stillborn babies? Where can you look for help in healing--even while you're in the midst of pain and grief?
There is hope and there can be healing. After experiencing a second trimester miscarriage several years ago, I designed this site with people like you in mind. This is intensely personal to me. I hope that it speaks to your heart, offers you hope and comfort, and gives you permission to grieve over your very real loss.
Welcome to BabyGrief.
A life worth remembering and celebrating...no matter how short