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Harrison Medical Center to launch new family support group for perinatal loss

Harrison Medical Center is launching a new support group for families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of a baby less than one year old. The first meeting will be Monday, Oct. 11 at Harrison Silverdale, 1800 NW Myhre Road, in the Iris Room, and will continue to meet the second Monday of each month.

This new group will be facilitated by Susan Crow, an RN and certified obstetrics nurse at Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale campus. Crow also is the coordinator of Harrison’s HOPE (Harrison Offering Peaceful Endings) program, which is designed to support parents through the perinatal loss experience.

“As our patient bereavement program (HOPE) began to evolve and flourish, it became very apparent that there were no perinatal loss support groups in our area to refer our families to after discharge from the hospital. After researching several support group web sites in the Internet, I found myself being drawn back to one particular group — M.E.N.D, (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death). M.E.N.D. is a non-profit support group founded in Texas. The group had been in existence for quite a while and that was a comfort to me — it was established and it worked. This appeared to be just what we needed here in Northwest Washington. One late-night e-mail to its founder, Rebekah Mitchell, and the ball began rolling by morning. In just six short months we are ready to have the first meeting on Oct. 11,” Crow said.

The M.E.N.D. organization provides each chapter with ongoing training, oversight, and materials. M.E.N.D. founder Mitchell will attend Harrison’s first meeting, as will two members of the M.E.N.D. board of directors.

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