Bereavement Materials for Those Grieving the Loss of a Child

Each packet contains a booklet to help with and explain the emotional issues associated with loss; information for people, friends and grandparents about how they can best help; an insert called "When You're Ready to Try Again'' to address concerns of parents thinking about another pregnancy; a resource directory; and a set of five fact sheets on miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death, and birth defects. In addition, there is a "memory envelope" to allow parents to save personal information, such as a photograph or footprint, of their child.

Parents who need more specific information about a medical condition during pregnancy or after birth can also contact the March of Dimes Resource Center. The Resource Center offers health information specialists who are trained to speak to families dealing with bereavement issues. The Resource Center can be reached at 888-663-4637 or by clicking on "Ask Mama'' on the March of Dimes Website.

The American Public Health Association's Public Health Materials Contest named the March of Dimes bereavement materials the top winner in the printed material category in November 1999.

March of Dimes Press Release, March 19, 2002

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Website, its Spanish Website or call 888-MODIMES.

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