Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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With national statistics showing one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and others in stillbirth, members of the nonprofit The Buggy Bunch wanted to help families dealing with the loss of their children.
With help from the Junior League of Indian River County, the group has assembled and donated 50 memory boxes to Indian River Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center. The boxes were presented to the hospital Sunday and paid for by a $2,500 grant from Christ Church of Vero Beach.
Included in the memory boxes are items such as handwritten letters, poems, devotionals, teddy bears, forget-me-not seeds, blankets, artwork and more. A certificate recognizing the birth of their child also is part of the memory box.
“This past January, one of the original founders of The Buggy Bunch faced every mother’s worst nightmare when her 38-week baby was born still,” said Executive Director Kelly Sartain. “Those of us who were with her during this extremely difficult season realized that there was a gap in services and support for families that lose children in our community.”
Megan McFall, director of the Women’s Health Center, provided a list of ways that labor and delivery physicians and nurses thought The Buggy Bunch could support families that lose children to late term miscarriage, stillbirth, tubal pregnancies, fetal demise and infant loss. Those suggestions included the creation of the memory box, an idea that has been successful in other parts of the country.
“Sometimes there’s nothing tangible for these women to hold on to,” McFall said.“The only thing they may have is the box they are given.”
Tracey Zudans, The Buggy Bunch board member and a trustee for the Indian River County Hospital District, said it is important for members of the community to support families during the loss of a child.
“It can be so scary to deal with something tragic like this,” Zudans said. “But to know you have people there to support you can be a huge comfort. The box is the perfect way to create memories when there is sadness and devastation and bring some joy and peace.”
The Buggy Bunch will continue its fundraising efforts for the memory boxes over the next several months. The group hopes to donate at least 100 more boxes to Indian River Medical Center next year.
In addition to the programs planned by The Buggy Bunch, the group also maintains a comprehensive calendar of family-friendly events throughout Indian River County on its website. For more information or to join, visit www.thebuggybunch.com.