Resource to help with baby loss. (NEWS AND EVENTS.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing associations (Marketing)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 7
Topic: NamedWork: Baby Gone: True Stories of Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss (Nonfiction work) Event Code: 240 Marketing procedures Computer Subject: Company marketing practices
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 266344837
Full Text: About one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth and about one in six couples are unable to conceive. Hundreds of thousands families in New Zealand are affected during their lifetime.

The experiences of not being able to conceive and of losing a baby can be one of the most traumatic things people ever go through, according to the compiler of a new resource, Wellingtonian Jenny Douche. The grief is often not acknowledged, especially when there is no grave to visit.

Douche has brought together 45 stories in a book called Baby Gone: True New Zealand stories of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. She was inspired to create this book after having a stillborn baby boy at 30 weeks gestation. "After we lost games, I desperately wanted to read stories from others who had been through something similar. I wanted a support group in book form. I also wanted other people to appreciate that conceiving and having a healthy baby cannot be taken for granted. For many, being childless is not a choice. I hope Baby Gone will help them feel less alone and to see their emotional turmoil is 'normal'. " Co-founder of the natural skincare range Trilogy, Catherine de Groot, has donated over 1100 copies of the book to 18 organisations, including NZNO, Plunket, the colleges of midwives and general practitioners, the associations of counsellors and funeral directors, Women's Refuge, the stillbirth association and the Neonatal Trust. NZNO's 120 copies have been distributed to maternity, neonatal units and gynaecology wards. NZNO's neonatal nurses' college and women's health section also have copies to give away. Further copies can be ordered from www.babygone.com or borrowed from the NZNO library (email: library @nzno.org.nz)
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