Special day to remember pregnancy and infant loss

11th October 2017 9:27 AM
REMEMBERING: Kingaroy Women's and Children's Nurse unit manager Stacey Smith (left) and midwivesJennifer Renshaw and Katie Lipsett have helped organise a special pregnancy and infant lossmemorial service in Kingaroy this Sunday. REMEMBERING: Kingaroy Women's and Children's Nurse unit manager Stacey Smith (left) and midwivesJennifer Renshaw and Katie Lipsett have helped organise a special pregnancy and infant lossmemorial service in Kingaroy this Sunday. Contributed

KINGAROY Hospital midwives are leading the drive to promote a pregnancy and infant loss morning tea and memorial service this Sunday.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is held across the world on 15 October each year.

Midwife Jennifer Renshaw has co-ordinated the special service for South Burnett families who have gone through the pain of having a miscarriage or stillbirth.

"As a midwife, I have seen firsthand the devastation of families who have gone through a pregnancy and delivery and then, tragically, don't get to take their baby home,” Miss Renshaw said.

"It's so important to acknowledge that these tiny children were loved and they continue to be honoured and remembered.

"The memorial service will include a bubble release as a remembrance symbol of the precious souls and a morning tea that will be a chance for families to share their stories in a supportive environment.”

Miss Renshaw said all people who had experienced loss, as well as their families are welcome to attend.

"We will also be giving people who come to the event a candle to take home so they can light it for at least an hour from 7pm on Sunday as part of a global event to remember the babies who lit up the lives of their families for such a short time.

"The hope is that everyone worldwide will do this so there is a continuous wave of light around the world to honour all the babies who have died.”

The morning tea will be held at 10am at Memorial Park on Haly Street, Kingaroy with the memorial service to start at 10.30am. Bubbles and candles will be provided. More information is available by phoning Miss Renshaw at Kingaroy Hospital on 4162 9315.