The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 23, 2014

Groups teaming up for families who have experienced infant loss

For The Register-Herald

— Hospice of Southern West Virginia is teaming with the “One Step Closer” program to let families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss know there is help out there.

“Many people don’t realize that one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage or loss. It’s real, it’s painful and it’s in our lives now,” said Natalie Burley, New River MIHOW (Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker) with the One Step Closer program.

“Our society must encourage early prenatal care for women, improve prenatal health awareness and more tenderly minister to grieving families. That is what we are trying to do with the help of Hospice of Southern West Virginia.“

As a community, getting “One Step Closer” to making a difference begins by educating the public about infant and pregnancy loss, offering more support to those experiencing this loss and providing opportunities for families to “grieve out loud.”

New River MIHOW and Hospice will offer guidance to those parents and families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lewis House, Main Street, Oak Hill.

Parents stopping in will receive memory box keepsake items and resource information available in the Fayette County area and online connections.

Also, registration will be available to take part in the 1st New River MIHOW 2.5k Memory Walk/5k Run on May 2 in Oak Hill.

Parents can also sign up for a support group by New River MIHOW being offered in Fayette County.

Call 304-663-6658 for more information.