Small Ideas: $10,000

Description

The goal of the Purple Butterfly project is to provide resources to help ease the isolation of parents who have lost one or more babies within a set of multiples (twins, triplets, quads or more). Can you imagine suffering the loss of a baby while also continuing to care for, nurture and celebrate the birth of one or more other children? Parents expecting multiples face many challenge throughout the pregnancies, delivery and lives of their children, and in some cases not all babies in a multiple birth pregnancy survive. These families are in a unique and isolation situation of grief and celebration.

The challenge to grieve the deceased child or children while caring for the living is something only these parents can fully understand. This project will hope to offer comfort, compassion, understanding and care to parents during the early shock of this complicated situation. The project offers the opportunity to reach parents during what may to the worst and best situation of their lives. While dealing with the loss of one or more babies, they still have a child/ren to love and care for.

Multiple births does not discriminate. All people who find themselves expecting could be having more than just one baby. While expecting multiple is exciting, the risk of premature delivery and loss is much higher in this situation.

In our initial conversations with professionals, we learned there is a lack of knowledge as to what to say or do for these families. Therefore, information packages and training materials for medical staff will be created and provided to hospitals. This will include a purple butterfly sticker to place on the bassinet, chart and/or hospital room door of the surviving babies indicating that they have sibling/s that did not survive. This marker is to allow staff and visitors to recognize this unique situation and avoid unintentional questions and comments that might leave these parents upset. These families are unique as they have grief and joy at the same time. By educating hospital staff as to how to help these families deal with the grief, ease any guilt and to offer suggestion on how to enjoy and celebrate the life/lives of their surviving children whether they are born or still continuing with the pregnancy.

The project will also provide families with resources to help them grieve, heal and celebrate. The rarity and uniqueness of this situation means families may not be able to find anyone who has been through the same circumstances. Therefore, they often don’t connect and those around them say nothing in order to not say the wrong thing. This social isolation can lead to increased case of postpartum depression. Compassionate resources would be developed and delivered to the hospitals, with education for professionals on how to deliver this information.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly we hope to develop a peer to peer support network with families willing to talk about the loss and joy with families going through similar situations. We believe this connection will help families bond and learn to celebrate the births and grieve the loss of their children.

Your vote will:

- Provide resources and training for medical staff
- Provide information packages to families in need
- Help distribute packages to hospitals across Canada
- Silently communicate the loss through the Purple Butterfly sticker for surviving babies

Please vote for our project and help Multiple Births Canada support these families through the birth and loss of their children. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Broker supported

Multiple Births Canada/Naissances multiples Canada

Location: Canada