Infant Loss Awareness Month

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Remembering Babes & Honouring Mothers

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and October is Infant Loss Awareness month. It was just over 2.5 years ago that we found out the tiny heart of the life inside me was no longer beating. In the midst of my grief journey I wrote this poem not only to honour the life of our beautiful little girl, but also to honour my forever title as Mother. To many, I became a mother 1.5 years ago when our sweet little boy was born, but I know my role as mother began over 2.5 years ago.

This month we remember and hold space for all the Mothers out there who have ever had to walk the painful path of loosing a child. May we celebrate your title as “Mother” despite whether a child is or is not visible to the world today. We stand with you and remember the life of your beautiful babe and we hold space for you in your grief.

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I am a Mother

 

Though you do not see a child,

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

I have experienced life. I have witnessed heartbeat.

And I have walked through the deepest form of loss.

 

The profound joy this life brought forth also paved the way for the deepest grief.

For if it weren’t for life, grief could not be, pain would not be.

Indeed, life is required for death.

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

 

Although my motherhood may not be seen, my body speaks truth.

My baby has been imprinted onto my heart and into my womb for eternity.

I have known both the greatest joy in life, and the deepest form of sorrow.

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

 

You may try to tell me I do not know.

You may try to tell me I do not understand.

But my pain tells another story. My heart knows a greater truth.

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

 

I have experienced both the elatedness of pregnancy and the piercing pain of death.

My body knows birth. It knows the engulfing pain of labor.

Though the delight of a living baby did not follow, a baby still did.

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

 

In just a moment one’s life is changed. In just a moment one’s heart inflates.

In just a moment life can begin. And in just a moment life can end.

Though you do not see a child,

I am a mother – once a mother, always a mother.

 

- A Mother.

 

 

Breanna Giesbrecht, RCC, MAMFTBreannaGiesbrecht-headshot

 

Breanna is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Re.Pose Therapy and specializes in postpartum grief and loss. If you are interested in seeking counselling, and would like a FREE consult to learn more about whether counselling is a fit, you can reach Breanna at breanna@reposetherapy.com.

 

 

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