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Oprah on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Oprah is currently seeking guests to share their stories about miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

Here's the call for guests from Oprah's website.

As Richard K. Olsen of the National Stillbirth Society noted in an email message, alerting stillbirth parents to Oprah's call for guests, having Oprah do a show on this issue could make a huge difference in raising awareness of what it means to experience the death of a baby.

I'm reminded of one of the key things I was taught during the RTS training I received through Perinatal Bereavement Services Ontario (PBSO): "It's not the length of the gestation, it's the extent of the attachment."

If we can get that message out to people who are unsure what to say to bereaved parents -- teach people that a pre-pregnancy loss can be as devastating to some parents as the death of a newborn because what is lost are all the dreams and hopes that were invested in that child by everyone who loved that child -- they will instinctively know what to say and what not to say, and avoid wounding parents who are at their most vulnerable.

Spread the word.

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| posted by Ann D @ 11:06 AM