There are 4.4 million confirmed pregnancies, in the United States, a year....
These estimates are based on statistics derived from a combination of March of Dimes statistical information and Last study done by Allen Wilcox, MD, New England Journal of Medicine, July 28, 1998
There is little national data because few birth and death certificates are issued for miscarriages and stillbirths.(Therefore record keeping is poor.) Though cause of death is better defined and prevention is increasing, 50% of stillbirth losses are of an undetermined cause. Better statistics and more research are needed.
What does a community aligned with statistics mean for the bereaved, their family and friends?
It means that others have experienced a similar kind of loss, survived and, in various ways, are supporting the issues and the people who will come to identify with the community. This is being accomplished by increasing the resources, materials, support facilities, and medical awareness for those who are a part of the PLC (Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Community).
Within a community we are not “alone”.
Today, we are more clearly recognized as a community with defined issues and concerns, and we are no longer struggling for each breathe. While a community has been defined, our actual “working numbers” are still small. Those individuals who are a part of the PLC because of a loss should consider what measures they can lend to the PLC to continue the growth in a positive direction. Together we can be better heard and more quickly understood.
October: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month Information, Details and SA's Brochure
Activities to change our situation
Julie, one of our members wrote to us: "I believe everyone here (at the group) would have made it. The real question is-who would we be now if we didn't have SHARE Atlanta. I know for a fact that I would be a very different person, and I'm glad I'm where I am and not in that other place."
SHARE Atlanta Members ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! ... As they heal....
SA Brief Overview - SA Member's Make A DIFFERENCE since 1984 in pdf
"Healing Happens" PDF of SHARE Atlanta Families 2011 - Highlights HOW to Make a Difference!! by Marcia McGinnis
SA Pictorial Timeline - Advocacy and Awareness since 1984 in pdf
Inservices for Awareness and Advocacy..Marcia McGinnis' "The Circle of Healing" provides information for nurses, social workers, chaplains, student nurses, Stephen Ministry, etc.
SHARE Atlanta: "The love stays..forever in our hearts."
Jas Gabbidon, from the online newspaper, "Examiner.com", interviewed Marcia McGinnis and used SHARE Atlanta's Story to begin October 2011's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month" We thank Jas for her very special article! 10.2011
SHARE Atlanta in the News A nationally run newspaper article (with SHARE Atlanta parents) to support the need for broader outreach and understanding. This is just one of numerous newspaper and TV outreach programs that SA had done through the yeaers.
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