Attend the Stillbirth Summit
The Stillbirth Summit is a critical educational event that will address how 30,000 babies in the U.S. and more than 3.4 million babies worldwide die each year before they take their first breath. The event will raise awareness, rally families, push for more research, create prevention strategies in pregnancy care and seek to dramatically decrease the rate of this unnecessary tragedy.
You are invited to join more than a dozen international researchers, hundreds of health professionals, parents and others, in Minneapolis on October 6-8, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Airport-Mall of America, located at 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, 55425.
If you cannot attend the Summit, you can buy a ticket to the live VIRTUAL VIDEO CONFERENCE that will document the conversations and outcomes. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.starlegacyfoundation.org.
We all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing as the horrific events of 9/11 began to unfold. Ten years later, these memories are as fresh and vivid as the day they occurred. I was attending a corporate business meeting in Sgt Bluff, Iowa on that unforgettable day. I often traveled for my job, but this trip would be a very different one- one that ripped me from my husband and 6-month old baby at the worst possible time. I found myself half way across the country from my home – stranded, scared for my country and alone.
It was my great fortune to partner with a beloved co-worker for the long journey home. Flying was no option, so we quickly got permission to keep my rental car and began a “Thelma & Louise” style trip- minus the cliff diving of course. We bought a disposable camera and a map and set off on a two and half day trek from the middle of the country to the coast of the Mid-Atlantic.
Thinking back on all of this, it strikes me that 9/11 began a time of incredible grief in our nation. And just like any other kind of grief, we have been going through the healing process ever since. Today marks the 10-year anniversary of this tragedy and a milestone in our healing- a decade of handling our grief.
For those of us dealing with the loss of miscarriage, we have faced this type of grief. The deep, intense wonder if things will ever right themselves, if we will find the happiness we seek. Ten years after 9/11 our nation has moved on, but we are forever changed. We may not feel the daily sting of the events, but we will always remember the pain.
Miscarriage and loss is no different. Although we move on with our lives, we are forever changed. However, I hope like our nation, you may each find the hope and peace you are looking for.