Service planned for perinatal loss
Memorial for babies lost at birth, during pregnancy set at NMC
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.