Each month Raleigh Moms Blog wants to highlight a local non-profit that is doing great work in our area. As women who are raising future leaders, and are current leaders ourselves, we have a passion to serve our community. We want to share opportunities for you, and your families, to get involved with the great work going on right here in our own backyard. This month’s spotlight is shining on Covered In Love, a 501 3c non-profit, whose mission is to help women find hope and support after miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.
Did you know that about 30% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage? That is 1 in 3. In 2013 there were 24,000 reported stillbirths in the US, according to the CDC. What’s the difference between a miscarriage and a stillbirth? A miscarriage is the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy and a still birth is the death of the baby after week 20.
So, why am I telling you all this depressing news? Because you or someone you know has probably experienced one of these losses, but you don’t have to suffer alone! Bonnie Braswell, one of my dear friends, and Lisa Kane both experienced the loss of infant sons in 2011. As they began their own personal journey of healing they realized there were not many resources available to women in the Triangle to help deal with this type of loss. So, with a lot of passion and personal experience they started Covered In Love. You can read Bonnie’s personal story of loss here. (Make sure you have your tissues handy.)
There are three primary ways in which they support local moms; their website, local support groups and prayer blankets. Since starting in 2013 they have already given out over 1,200 prayer blankets. I have personally had the opportunity to give these blankets to several friends who have later said how much it meant to them and helped them in the grieving process. Covered In Love has also partnered with Rex hospital, and anyone who goes through labor and delivery and experiences loss is given a blanket and information about other Covered In Love resources.
If you know someone who has experienced a loss you can request on of these blankets through their website and they will be sent one at no charge. You can also find a lot of helpful resources on their website (http://coveredinloveministries.com/). You can read stories of other women who are dealing with the loss, you can share your own story or sign up to attend a monthly support group. These groups are for anyone wanting to talk with other women in a safe environment about their loss. These meetings vary in size but typically average 8-10 women per group. Bonnie and Lisa also speak at local events and share their personal stories. If you are interested in having them come speak to your group, you can send them a request through the website as well.
How Can You Get Involved? Make a blanket!
You don’t have to be a seamstress or know how to knit to make these blankets. There are simple fleece tie blankets that even your younger children can help make. It is more fun when you do it as a group. I have gathered neighbors together for a couple hours and we have made blankets, which was really fun. You can also get service credit hours if you know of a girl’s scout troop or sorority looking for hours. You can buy the materials yourself or Covered in Love can provide the fabric for your group. They do ask that the fabric be a neutral non-baby pattern or color so they can be used anywhere in the home. They also provide sibling blankets so you can also use fun bright patterns and colors.
You can also make a donation directly to them through their website. 100% of the donations go towards buying material and shipping costs for the blankets. Lastly, if you work or know someone who works in a OBGYN practice they would love to partner with you to get resources into more people’s hands.
The ladies from Covered In Love will be at our Bloom Event for new and expectant mothers, Saturday April 30th from 9am – 1pm. Make sure to stop by meet them and sign up to get involved. If you or someone you know has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, please contact Covered in Love. They would be happy to send out a prayer blanket and an invitation to journey through loss together.
SUPPORT COVERED IN LOVE THROUGH BLOOM
To further honor the great work that Bonnie and Lisa are doing, Raleigh Moms Blog will be donating 100% of ticket sales purchased on Thursday 4/14 and Friday 4/15 to Covered In Love. Help us support this great organization and come have fun with us at Bloom!