My husband and I were in my OB's office today for my postpartum checkup. I guess I should say that, unlike so many women, I did not change OB providers after Gracie's death. Unlike many women I have encountered after their experiences multiple losses or late term stillbirth, I love my OB's office. They have been nothing but supportive since our loss, and I know others who can say the same. Yet, today, I left feeling a little disappointed.
The office was like pink-a-palooza...there were pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness paraphernalia all over the office. All over. There was nothing visible...anywhere...about pregnancy and infant loss. Nothing drawing awareness to how widespread and nothing to encourage remembrance for those lost and support for those left behind with empty arms. I am in no way putting down or discouraging breast cancer awareness. Cancer awareness and prevention is a huge thing...there is no question about it. My aunt died of cancer, my uncle has been riddled with cancer for over 10 years, my MIL is embarking on her 4th battle with cancer, and my BIL had colon cancer at the age of 31 (none of it breast cancer, but cancer nonetheless). And there is no question that every woman should be encouraged to do proper monthly self-breast checks...but in all honesty, if there are women out there who are unaware of breast cancer or unfamiliar with the concept of monthly self breast exams, it's more than likely because their heads have been shoved in the sand.
That said, I was somewhat disappointed that my OB's office was completely without anything to at least encourage support for those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. I don't know if the subject was presented to anyone there, but come on, they're an OB/GYN office. I get the potential stand that "we don't want to freak out the preggos," but if you do it from a standpoint of supporting those that have suffered a loss, it's not going to freak out the preggos nearly as much. I was really hoping for just a bit more from them, knowing how many of their patients have had a loss...and how many of those losses have been quite late in the game.
So now, to the question. I am not artistically gifted, nor am I really creative or artsy with the very basic programs on my computer. I have looked around online each year and not found much in terms of awareness 'posters', and I am wondering if those of you who are creative and have the appropriate programs have ever thought about designing a 'poster' of sorts for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month or Remembrance Day. Either something that those of you who are set up for online financial transactions could have printed and then actually sell online to the rest of us, or something not bigger than legal size paper that the rest of us could download and print off on our end and distribute as we saw fit. Anyone have any thoughts on this???