Brandon, Florida (September 25, 2013) – Brandon Regional Hospital will join people and organizations around the world on October 15, 2013 in a candlelight observance for our seventh annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will take place in Adam’s Garden on the northeast corner of the hospital campus, at the corner of Oakfield Drive and Parsons Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“We extend an invitation to all individuals and families who have experienced the loss of an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth or early newborn death,” said Laurie Van Damme, BN, RNC-OB, SANE-A, Coordinator of the hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Program. “Losing a baby before or shortly after birth is unlike any other type of loss. Oftentimes these families experience birth and death all in the same day—sometimes in the same breath. They have few memories left behind to comfort them in their time of sorrow, and so their journey through the grief is often a lonely and complicated one,” Van Damme says.
It’s important to these families that their baby be remembered, that’s one of the reasons we put each and every baby’s name on a plaque inside Adam’s Garden. It’s a way to honor every life that ended before it began.”
The hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Team and Women’s Services staff will meet participants in Adam’s Garden at 6:30pm. The ceremony will include a few words from hospital staff and members of local clergy, an invitation to parents to share their story if they desire, live musical performances, and lighting of the candles at 7:00p.m. followed by a moment of silence. Refreshments will also be served.
Congress designated this national observance to help raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss. Each year more than one million babies die from miscarriage or stillbirth. Families who have experienced perinatal loss often express feeling isolated and alone, like no one understands their pain. The annual remembrance ceremony is open to the public and ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Families wishing to have a picture of their baby included in a video montage during this year’s ceremony are encouraged to send a photograph NO LATER THAN October 4th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. BRH is a 398-acute care facility which includes a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center. BRH holds the following certifications:
· The first hospital in Hillsborough County to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· The three star award for excellence in cardiac surgery – the highest award given by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
· Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
· Designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Orthopedics.
· The Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
In addition, BRH has enhanced its services this year with the addition of:
· The Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital includes The Baby Suites, Level III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and in-patient rooms for gynecology and antepartum patients.
· The Behavioral Health Center a 25 bed unit which emphasizes the importance of instilling hope with group and individual psychotherapy, medication assessment, psycho-educational group, family support and education groups, and interventions designed to guide the mind, body, and spirit to recovery.
· The Neuroscience Center and Heart & Vascular Center offer the latest diagnoses and treatment options in neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.
Brandon Regional Hospital initiated a program to only perform elective deliveries at 39 weeks gestation unless medically indicated. Although this initiative is becoming wide-spread throughout the nation, Brandon Regional Hospital and HCA implemented this initiative before it became a national movement.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.