Staff at Sauk Prairie reached out to BPoM and requested the HUGS program to support their families. It is an honor to have healthcare providers see the value in supporting families with peers. It is a standard of care for families to receive HUGS peer support.
Sauk Prairie Healthcare
260 26th Street
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
We have three local bedside volunteers on call to support families at the hospital and in the community, and one Bereaved Parents of Madison, Inc HUGS Program Coordinator (Claire).
On October 22, 2009, I was 22 weeks along with my first child when my life would quickly be turned upside down. I went in for my late second trimester ultrasound and walked out knowing that the physicians were unable to find a heartbeat. As a bereaved mother, I have learned that grief is a journey that you must go through---not get over. I continue to walk through that journey still today as I learn to parent two rainbow babies and honor the life of my dearly missed Kennedy. May you find the comfort and support you need in the days to come. Please know I am here for you.
We had been through many years of infertility challenges, including a miscarriage when our twins were born at 25.5 weeks. Our daughter, Amira lived three precious hours, and Anya lived for seven days. Our girls have changed our lives in many ways. The grief was so intense the first year and although the grief remains, it has gotten easier as we’ve learned to live with our girls in our hearts instead of our arms. Now, we are overjoyed to have two rainbow boys. With love, kindness, and respect, I’m here to support you in the ways that you need as you go through the journey of your loss.
I found out I was expecting my second child in the summer of 2015 after I started bleeding heavily unexpectedly. A visit to the doctor determined that I was pregnant, and had a sub chorionic hemorrhage.
Finally my bleeding stopped at 14 weeks, and we breathed a sigh of relief. At my 16 week check up, the ultrasound showed that my baby’s heart had stopped — and so did my world.
I never thought I would experience a loss like this. I am so thankful for the support that I found, because it has helped teach me how to carry my grief with me, instead of allowing it to weigh me down. I hope that I am able to help others lighten the load of grief as well.
On-call Coordinator/Program Admin.
In February 2009 we were devastated with a miscarriage. We were thrilled to try again but our twins James and Sophia were born still in February 2010. The next day we attended the BPoM support group and were heartbroken and relieved to find so many other families who could understand our deep grief. Those families held our hands and supported us through our darkest times, and eventually through our most joyful, bringing our subsequent baby home.
I always felt the missing piece was having someone who lost a baby be there to support us during our stay in the hospital to help answer questions... We now call that support HUGS!