Nurse Helps Families Cope with Pregnancy Loss

Nurse Helps Families Cope with Pregnancy Loss


Alright, Eric. Thank
you. Pregnancy loss is an unfortunate tragedy that affects so many families
all across the globe, including families right here in our area. ABC 2 Shannel Pearman tells us how a hospital is going above and beyond to help grieving
parents cope with that loss. All her sonograms show her sucking her thumb. It was news Shane and Maria Mosca were thrilled to
share with the world, a new addition to the family. A baby girl they were excited
to name Lucia. We were the first marriage on the family and first baby on the
family, so everybody was over the moon. Unfortunately one of their greatest joys
unexpectedly turned into heartbreak. We did an ultrasound and they found out
that she was still in there, but there was no heartbeat. My whole world came
crashing down. It was supposed to be a routine check-up at 22 weeks. That’s when
they learned they had lost their baby girl. Just couldn’t believe that this was
happening to me. That 22 weeks, that’s unheard of. You’re not supposed to lose a
baby that far along. An unfortunate reality for so many families. For years
Terri Zeman with MedStar Franklin Square has worked to help grieving
parents deal with their loss. I noticed how much we do for babies who are able to go
home with her mom and dad, and was realizing that we were really remiss and
that the parents whose babies they can’t take home, that they don’t get the
attention or the support or the acknowledgement that live babies do. So
she decided to do something about it. Zeman helps coordinate the hospital’s
perinatal bereavement program, offering support and comfort to parents grieving
the loss of a baby. It doesn’t matter how pregnant they were. I always say the size
of the baby has little to do with the gravity of the grief or the intensity of
the grief. The program provides parents with resources and emotional support.
They also provide tangible items of their baby if they choose. Things like
handmade baby diapers, baby foot imprints, even gowns created from donated wedding
dresses. An opportunity that meant the world to families like the Mosca’s.
Franklin Square, you know they gave us pictures and mementos, every — everything
and it was just like, again, overwhelming. We’re very lucky to have all the
bereavement because not many hospitals have that. Keeping the memories of little
angels alive and providing grieving parents a little comfort through
unimaginable pain. Unfortunately, this is a reality for so many families. Spreading
awareness of just how common pregnancy loss is helps to dispel the stigma
around it, and also helps to let grieving families know there are resources out
there and support groups available to help. For ABC 2 news, I’m Shannel Pearman.

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