In 2002, the Healthy Pregnancy Network initiated a series of Bereavement support activities to decrease the isolation of grieving families & to increase community sensitivity to their plight. This initiative stemmed from a recommendation of the Infant Morality Review Team.
The Home Interview
We reach out to every family who loses an infant to death or stillbirth in our 6-county region. During the home interview, the family is able to remember their lost baby and discuss the pregnancy, birth, parenting experience, and their grief. The information gathered during this interview is also incorporated into the work of the fetal and infant mortality review team.
Walk to Remember
“Walk to Remember,” an annual “evening of comfort, wisdom and hope for families who have suffered the heartbreaking loss of an infant” is attended by 200 people each year.
The Healthy Pregnancy Network reaches out to the community through "Walk to Remember," at this walk at Lake Ella is held on the Tuesday nearest to October 15th, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. The Walk is dedicated to our local grieving families and to their lost babies. All grieving families in our community, as well as their friends and family members, are welcome at the Walk to Remember.
Parents are able to leave a lasting memorial to their babies through participation in our Memorial Quilts. We now have eight beautiful quilts made from the names of beloved and much-missed local infants. These quilts are a wonderful community treasure and resource housed at Healthy Start. They are available for loan to community groups who wish to use them for health education and awareness.