Join Us at the March of Dimes Walk & See the HOPE Canvas!

Williamsburg, VA March for Babies is Coming on March 14!

Williamsburg, VA March for Babies is Coming on Saturday, March 14, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at the upcoming March of Dimes March for Babies and be a part of the HOPE Canvas! The March of Dimes works tirelessly to improve the health of babies and fund research to prevent the premature birth of babies. They also provide support to families who are grieving the loss of their premature babies.

We are partnering with the March of Dimes Williamsburg event to display the HOPE Canvas and give you the opportunity to honor your baby by adding a square of your own. We will also have copies of the book Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death available for purchase and the author will be personally signing them.

Want to know more about the HOPE Canvas?

The HOPE Canvas

The HOPE Canvas

 

The HOPE Canvas is a way to remember and honor a baby who has died from miscarriage or stillbirth. The original canvas includes 9 squares made by families in memory of their babies.

The HOPE Canvas is now virtual, to make room for the thousands of babies that die each year before their time.

 

Want to Add a Square?

Make your baby a part of the canvas!

  • Meet us at March of Dimes March for Babies at the Bereavement Tent between 9:00am-12:00pm.
  • Create a square (the original squares are 12 inches by 12 inches) and decorate any way you wish. Supplies will be provided.
  • We will take a photo of your square and post it on instagram so you can add your “virtual” square to the Canvas in honor of your baby!
  • Be sure to follow #Hope_Canvas on instagram so you can share your square with friends and family.

Can’t make the event on March 14th? Create your own square to add to the canvas! Find the instructions here.

Hope to see you at the event!

Mother’s Day: Am I a Mother?

rhododendron-1442863-mAre you spending this Mother’s Day wondering if you are, in fact, a mother? 900,000-1 million women in the U.S. alone face this question every year after suffering pregnancy loss.

“For women who experience a miscarriage during their first pregnancy, the question of motherhood is an even greater one,” says Lisa Church of HopeXchange, a company dedicated to the support of women and their families facing pregnancy loss.

Mother’s Day is the most difficult holiday a woman must face after pregnancy loss. A time that was supposed to be a celebration of a new life and a new motherhood becomes a time of sadness and grief. Church’s book, Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, encourages women to use the holiday to remember their babies, rather than making it a dreaded event to endure each year. “Nothing will lesson the pain of Mother’s Day, but with some planning you can make sure the day has meaning for you,” says Church. Here are some tips from the book that can help:

– You Are a Mother.

The best gift you can give yourself on Mother’s Day is the acknowledgment that you are a mother. You may not have a baby to hold in your arms, but you do have one in your heart.

– Let Your Family Know What You Need.

If you feel uncomfortable being recognized as a mother at a banquet or other function, substitute an activity you would feel good about. If you would rather not receive or wear a flower, then wear an item that helps you to connect with your baby, such as a piece of jewelry that includes the baby’s birthstone.

– Remember Your Baby.

Mother’s Day can be a great time for a husband and wife to talk about their baby and what the baby meant to them. Take a walk, have a quiet dinner, or just set aside some time to remember your baby together.

– Decide Ahead of Time.

The way you chose to spend Mother’s Day should be your decision- and one you make ahead of time. Setting time aside to remember and talk about your baby will make you “feel” more like a mom on the very day designed to do that. Church also reminds women that their spouses may experience similar feelings on Father’s Day, “so be sure to ask how he would like to spend the day.”

We run this article each year to help grieving Moms handle Mother’s Day.