October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. I hope you have read some of the raw and moving posts already published on Quad City Moms Blog and other City Moms blogs around the country, including this great one from our neighbors in Iowa City. Infertility Awareness Week is not until April, but I couldn’t wait that long to share these resources that are available to moms and moms-in-waiting here in the Quad Cities. Infertility, miscarriage and infant loss are all different experiences, but they bring similar feelings of isolation, confusion and sadness. Attending a support group and receiving quality care are just two of the things that women experiencing infertility or loss can do for themselves during this difficult journey.
1. Share Quad Cities is a group dedicated to serving those whose lives are touch by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, still birth, or in the first few months of life. The purpose of the group is to provide “emotional, physical, spiritual and social … support toward positive resolution of grief experience at the time of or following the death of a baby.” Share Quad Cities hosts an annual Walk for Remembrance and Hope and has a private Facebook group for members to provide each other with ongoing support. For more information, please contact Chalyn through email at [email protected], via phone at 309-373-2568, or visit their website. The next Share meeting is October 15th at 6:30pm.