Once a couple becomes pregnant, no matter how long they have been trying or if they haven’t been trying, something happens. Especially with that mother. She feels all sorts of things, emotionally and physically and much more.

When a couple loses a baby, no matter how long they have been pregnant or if they were or weren’t able to hold the baby, something happens. Especially to that mother. She feels all kinds of things, emotionally and physically and much more.

visionThe world is set up for the mother of the successful pregnancy to make it, to know she’s not alone and to be accepted into the sacred group that is motherhood. There are numerous places and groups for her to join to help her along her path.

The second group, the unsuccessful pregnancy or the unsuccessful journey to become pregnant, they don’t have numerous places or a groups to fall into. A group does naturally form though. It’s a confused, angry, sad group of mom’s, or women who long to me mothers. A group who has experienced great loss. A group that imagines what their children would have looked like. What would they have done? Who would they have been? A quote that many of them can relate to, “Jesus, I wanted to sit my babies on my lap and tell them all about you. As I can’t now do that. Will you sit them on your knee and tell them about me?” Every mother who has lost a baby has faced this horrible reality. The reality that her baby won’t be with her.

This group is left with all the questions and emotions and still have to sit in the same waiting rooms with all the other moms who haven’t met the same fate. In the same offices where all the literature that is at arm’s length is about how to breast feed, what to do about your prenatal sciatica and all the different ways you can get your infant to sleep. They are told that it happens and that it’s common. Even after multiple losses. This is true. It is very common. One in 4 pregnancies will end in a miscarriage and 7.5 million women age 15-44 have an impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. Stillbirth effects 23,600 babies each hear. That is 1 in 160 pregnancies.

headerimg6What isn’t common is talking about it. What isn’t common is an atmosphere where this group can know they aren’t alone, where they can still feel like a normal person. There should be more than one place where this group can go, to help them along their path. Instead this path is a lonely one.

Hannah’s Wish in a faith based group that will give this group a voice. It will let them know they aren’t alone and help them to move forward. It all starts with having a safe place where you can find help if you need it. A safe place to hear from ones who have been through it and who have been able to look back, and can give some insight. This can give hope. Hannah’s Wish Is a peer led group, where networking with others who have been there can lead to all kinds of opportunities. It all starts with a safe place to share.


• Women aged 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term): 7.5 million
• Percent of women aged 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 12.3%
• Number of married women aged 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant after at least 12 consecutive months of unprotected sex with husband): 1.0 million
• Percent of married women aged 15-44 that are infertile: 6.1%


Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage; and some estimates are as high as 1 in 3. Although statistics can vary slightly from one source to the next, here is a general account (based primarily on information provided by the March of Dimes) of the frequency of miscarriages in the United States.

• There are about 4.4 million confirmed pregnancies in the U.S. every year.
• 900,000 to 1 million of those end in pregnancy losses EVERY year.
• More than 500,000 pregnancies each year end in miscarriage (occurring during the first 20 weeks).

Stillborn / Infant Loss

• Approximately 26,000 end in stillbirth XE "stillbirth" (considered stillbirth after 20 weeks)
• Stillbirth is when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
• Stillbirth affects about 23,600 babies each year in the United States. This means stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 pregnancies