Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miscarriage and Infant Loss Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Month Blog Hop.

You should of arrived here from Melissa, if not, please start at the beginning at Jessica's Blog! 
 
Today, October 15, is National Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Day. 

This hop was created for those that have either have Angel Babies, for those that suffered a devastating loss with the loss of their own child or someone in their life that has an Angel baby or lost a child. 

Here are a few statistics to keep in mind regarding Miscarriage and Infant Loss: 

75% of all conceptions end in miscarriage
30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (1 in 3)
15-20% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage
The majority of miscarriages happen in the first trimester
Chromosomal Abnormalities are the most common reason for miscarriages and still births
90,000 children die annually before their first birthday
Nearly 2,500 babies are lost a year in the US due to SIDS
Nearly 30,000 babies a year are born stillborn. This number jumps to 4.5 million worldwide
Stillbirth occurs 10 times more frequently than SIDS
More babies die as a result of stillbirth than all other causes of infant death a year


The above reference statistics can be found on both of the following websites if you would like to find out more information: 
**http://www.hiringforhope.org/pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness.html
** http://miscarriage.about.com/od/riskfactors/a/miscarriage-statistics.html


Too many people in this world grieve in silence over the loss of their children. This hop is meant to CELEBRATE them! You will see many different stories from the wonderful ladies in this hop. Some have themselves lost their beautiful babies, some had family members go through a loss, and some are here to show their support for the women who have gone through it. 

How can YOU show your support today? Here are a few examples:
Keep your headlights on all day
Keep your porch lights on all day
Wear pink and blue ribbons
Light a candle and display it in your window
Release butterflies 

The theme for this hop is any project centered around Angels, babies, pink and blue ribbons, condolence cards, tributes, and  layouts!

There will be a blog prize from Craftin' and Stampin' from online Close To My Heart store. 

The "Your Own Kind Of Wonderful" stamp set is the prize for today's hop. To be eligible, please visit each blog and make sure to comment and follow along the way. Winners will be announced on the Craftin' and Stampin' blog on 10/18/14.



I decided to join this hop because I have a few angel babies myself. Unfortunately I lost 3 babies to miscarriage, two early on but one almost into the second trimester. That was definitely heartbreaking.
I know one day we will all be together and I thank Jessica for the opportunity to share our love for them with this precious hop.


My heart hurts for every woman (and man) who has ever lost a child, regardless of the age or reason. Children are such a blessing.
I especially want to ask for prayers for my dear friend Jennifer and her family. This is the anniversary of her precious Angel, Brittany's death. A sweet baby girl taken 21 years ago at the age of 3 by a very sick man. She will always be in our hearts!!


I knew when I saw this SVG file by Scraptastical Creations that it would be perfect for remembering all the sweet angels who left us too soon. But I continued to put it off because I didn't want to face the pain. In a way completing this layout has helped me. I hope it can help all of you who have lost babies and children too. My prayers for you all.


Recipe:
Cardstock
Patterned Paper by Storytellers Club
SVG Scraptastical Creations
Kiwi Lane Templates:
Paisley 1A and 3A
Bracket 1
Mini Cascade Trails 1A
Ink, Flowers, Bling, and Pop Dots


You are now off to Robin's Blog

Here is the lineup should you get lost:

24 comments:

  1. Extra prayers tonight for Brittany and all angel babies. I wish no parent had to know this pain.

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  2. Beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh COnnie!!!! My heart hurts SO BAD after reading your post! First for your 3 angel babies, and then for the HORRIFIC man who took a sweet babies life at 3 years old...HORRIBLE! I am so sorry you have to relive this, but I am glad that we can all be together to help remember both your angel babies and your friends baby! Your layout is a BEAUFIFUL tribute to all angel babies! Thank you for being a part of this hop!!! HUgs!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful layout. I love the bunny and I will pray for your friend and for all those mothers who have lost their babies! God Bless and TFS

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  5. What a gorgeous layout! I agree with Lisa - I wish no parent had to know this pain!! These wonderful angel babies are patiently waiting to meet you again!! HUGS!!

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  6. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.
    Your layout is so precious. Thanks for sharing.
    I have two angel babies. One lost due to miscarriage and our sweet daughter, Michelle, who didn't develop a brain. I am comforted by my belief that my mom and dad are caring for my sweet angels until we are reunited.
    Heartfelt hugs,
    D~
    DesignsbyDragonfly.blogspot

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    1. So sorry D. You are in my prayers too sweetie!! Hugs!

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  7. Such a sweet layout. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. What an adorable layout Connie! Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. I love that bunny with it's ear up and a halo on it! Great layout. Hugs to you and all today.
    michelegreen120 @ gmail.com

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  10. GORGEOUS LO! Prayers for all the angel babies and their families!

    Miranda BL

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  11. Beautiful LO, thank you for sharing your story.

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  12. Beautiful layout. Thank you for sharing your story...hugs

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  13. Beautiful layout.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  14. Great Layout! I am sending prayers to you and your friends way. Extra prayers for Brittany and all of the angel babies out there. I am so sorry that you had to go through this. Thank you for sharing your story . loves-Scrappin Madge

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  15. What a beautiful layout! Thank you for sharing your story!! BL

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  16. This layout has made me cry - well actually this entire hop has. What a great way to remember the angel. I love how you also included (MEN) in this - as they suffer too. Too many times we only focus on the women. My thoughts for your friend and all of those who have lost a sweet little one.

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  17. I had no idea the statistics were so high! My heart goes out to all!

    Your layout is absolutely adorable!

    Thank you for sharing your story!

    Elaine (BL)
    ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

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  18. Thank you so much for being a part of the special Hop! This is beautiful! Memories is what we can smile at

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  19. Thank you ladies. All your comments and stories really brought tears to my eyes. I appreciate you all so much and thank you for supporting us. Hugs!

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  20. Good Morning Connie, I'm so sorry for your loss. It saddens me to know so many who lost a sweet baby. I'm so happy this layout has helped you in some way & that you pushed yourself to complete this. Its a beautiful layout and I love the cute bunnies cuts. HUGS An'Jenic

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  21. Super cute layouts. Thank you for sharing.
    Robin L.
    http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com/

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  22. What a darling double layout! Sweet little angel wings. What a wonderful way to remember. Hugs (BL)

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