Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October is International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

Thursday, October 15, is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss remembrance Day.

Did you know that one in every four pregnancies ends in a loss? It's a startling statistic and one that brings tears to my eyes, because I have also lost a much-loved baby.

The Bonnie Babes Foundation is Australia's leading charity in the area of pregnancy loss helping over 17,000 families every year. The Bonnie Babes Foundation runs 24 hour, 7 day per week grief counselling services. The Foundation raises vital funds for medical research to decrease the sad statistic of one in every four pregnancies ending in a loss. With over 1000 volunteers and branches in every state of Australia the charity established in 1994 has had an enormous impact in the community in the area of pregnancy loss.
To mark International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness the Bonnie Babes Foundation has just released its new book "Small Miracles". The book has been published by one of Australia's top publishers Hachette Australia who publish everything from Enid Blyton to Stephen King and many well known titles in between. The book is now available in Target, Kmart, Myer, Big W, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Borders, Collins, 180 independent book sellers and specialty stores.

The book is written by the Founder of the Bonnie Babes Foundation, Rachel Stanfield-Porter who lost her own two babies and now has two healthy sons. The book is a compilation of inspiring Australian stories of hope, survival and coping after the loss of a baby from miscarriage, stillbirth and prematurity. It is a book about celebrities and high profile personalities including footballer Robert Harvey, Dr Cindy Pan, radio personality Dee Dee, actor Rebecca Gibney, actor Tony Bonner and many others who talk about their losses in a very candid way.
This is the first time a book like this has been released into mainstream bookstores and department stores. The book sold so well in the few weeks its been on book shelves that the publisher has gone into a rush reprint.

The Bonnie Babes Foundation is a much needed charity as last year 71,303 babies passed away in Australia. The charity has qualified Counsellors available across the country who help families all year round and especially during this month of remembrance.
The charity has established remembrance areas in cemeteries across Australia where families can visit a special monument and in their own peaceful time remember their baby.

So please show your support by buying the book and remember those lost bubs and their grieving families.


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