Ser­vice planned for peri­na­tal loss

Memo­rial for ba­bies lost at birth, dur­ing preg­nancy set at NMC

The Covington News - - Local news -

Be­cause Oc­to­ber has been des­ig­nated Peri­na­tal Loss Month, New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter is plan­ning a memo­rial ser­vice to re­mem­ber chil­dren lost in preg­nancy and at birth.

Fam­ily and friends who have ex­pe­ri­enced such a loss are in­vited to at­tend at any time dur­ing the two-hour ser­vice.

The ser­vice is planned for 1 p.m. un­til 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Mem­ory Gar­den at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“We will have our hospi­tal chap­lains speak at dif­fer­ent times through­out the ser­vice,” said Su­sann Whit­tle, RN and a charge nurse for The Birth- Care Cen­ter. “We want peo­ple to feel that they can ex­press emo­tions they may have been keep­ing in­side.”

Whit­tle and Eve Du­rant, RN, a charge nurse in The Birth­Care Cen­ter, trav­eled to North Carolina last April to at­tend the in­au­gu­ral Peri­na­tal Be­reave­ment Con­fer­ence on a schol­ar­ship from the Anna Jo Evans’ Peri­na­tal Be­reave­ment Fund. The Fund was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Anna Jo Evans, daugh­ter of Al­li­son and David Evans of North Carolina and grand­daugh­ter of Dr. and Mrs. Dale Evans of Cov­ing­ton.

Anna was at 36 1/2 weeks ges­ta­tion when the doc­tors could not find her heart­beat.

“ It was only be­cause of the nurses, their train­ing and their heart’s de­sire to help us through this mo­ment that we made it through with mem­o­ries that will last a life­time for us,” said Al­li­son Evans. “They pre­pared a keep­sake box with sev­eral pho­tos of Anna, casts of her hands and feet and a hand-knit­ted cap, booties and blan­ket that they wrapped her in be­fore bring­ing her to us to say good­bye.”

Since at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence, Whit­tle and Du­rant have been ed­u­cat­ing other hospi­tal staff mem­bers in an ef­fort to help fam­i­lies cope with peri­na­tal loss.

“There are things we can do and say to help,” Whit­tle said, “Anna’s Fund has pro­vided us with the re­sources to make a good start.”

To find out more or to do­nate to Anna Jo Evans’ Peri­na­tal Be­reave­ment Fund, visit www.anna’sgift.org.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the memo­rial ser­vice planned in Oc­to­ber, call (770) 3854368.

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