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New Site about Miscarriage in Romanian

I am very pleased to announce the beginning of a new site on miscarriage in Romanian by a Romanian priest’s wife, Matușkăi Euphemia : Prunci Pierduți Și Născuți Înainte De Vreme. O perspectivă Ortodoxă (Lost Babies and Born Prematurely: An Orthodox Perspective). Matușkăi Euphemia lost her son Nectarie when he was 15 weeks gestation. She found Lost Innocents helpful and has decided to create a similar site in Romanian. To my knowledge there is not a similar site in Romanian so this is a tremendous blessing to Romanian-speaking readers. She has translated some material from Lost Innocents but her site also includes the story of her son Nectarie and some additional information. Please visit her site and pass it along to other people who may find it helpful. I have included it in the list of resource sites and I’m sure it will be a blessing to many.

May this new site be a wonderful memorial to her son Nectarie and may his memory be eternal!

Research Study on Miscarriage Grief

I followed a link to this blog to find this research study. I’m filling in the consent forms to participate and encourage you to look into it if you meet the requirements. Here’s the information:

If you have experienced a pregnancy loss (stillbirth or miscarriage) in the past 6 months to 4 years, we want to hear YOUR story. Drexel University is conducting a research study to learn how women healed and moved on from the grief of their loss.

You are eligible if you:

1. Are between the ages of 19 and 50.
2. Live in the United States
3. Identify as either White/Caucasian or Black/African American
4. Experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth any time between October, 2007, and April, 2011.

The study is confidential and secure- your identity and medical information will be not be shared with anyone outside the research team at Drexel University. Your answers will not be linked to your name or identity. The study takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete, and can be done online or over the phone (you can choose how you want to participate).

As a “thank you,” we are offering a choice of a small “care package” (of lotion, chocolate, and tea), or a Dunkin Donuts gift card (both are worth approximately $5) to women who participate. Please email us at drexel.pregnancy.loss@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for the study.

Thank you- we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

h/t Danny and Stevie’s mommy

Orthodox Conferences on Conception, Pregnancy Loss and Infertility

I want to draw your attention (those who will be interested) to the OCAMPR [Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion] 2011 conference on “The Science and Theology of Conception” which will take place at Holy Cross seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts on November 4-5. The brochure is here. Of particular interest to me is the fact that they will have a relic and wonderworking icon of St. Anna there. I wish I could go!

The conference for 2012 is still under construction but will dovetail on this year’s conference. From the website:

The next two OCAMPR conferences are dedicated to helping you the caregiver gain greater insight into the medical, psychological, and spiritual world of conception, child-birth, and childlessness, and develop the tools that will enable you to more fully appreciate and minister to those inhabiting this complicated universe.

The 2012 conference will be focused on pregnancy and infant loss and infertility. I have rendered some very small assistance to the conference planning committee and hope to work with them more next year (as my emotional healing is furthered). Megan Brightwell, the planning chairman for the 2012 conference, very kindly mentioned Lost Innocents on their website.

If you are a medical professional, nurse, counselor, doctor, etc., then please check out the OCAMPR website and consider attending their conferences. They have put a great deal of work into them.

Polls

Danny’s mom has a pair of polls active to get people’s opinions about the disposition of deceased babies. She will be talking to one of her friends who is a state senator about pertinent legislation and is hoping to have some data to take with her. Please show your support by visiting her blog and voting in the two polls.

Thank you!