Yesterday, Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau was featured on Daytime Ottawa Rogers TV. Rachel Samulack (Aaron's mom and lead coordinator of Aaron's Butterfly Run) and Amanda DeGrace (one of our volunteers) spoke to Dylan Black about pregnancy and infant loss.
Rachel and Amanda highlighted some of the resources that are available to individuals and families in our community who experience such losses. For example, thanks to Mom Friends and Just Change Ottawa, our region will now have Butterfly Boxes - boxes filled with information and resources for those who experience miscarriage or infant loss. The Butterfly Box will be officially launched this evening from 7-9 PM at the Heart & Crown in the market. We would love it if you could join us to celebrate and learn more about the Butterfly Box.
They also highlighted the upcoming run on Saturday October 14th. You can register here.
You can view the full interview segment below.
Thank you Dylan Black, Daytime Ottawa and Rogers TV for your support!
Today marks one year since Rachel and Rob Samulack's son Aaron was born and passed away.
Today, Rachel shares with us a letter she wrote to Aaron that she left with him during his internment and a follow-up letter she wrote to him this year in honour of his birthday on June 19, 2017.
Thank you Rachel for sharing such personal and heartfelt messages, and for everything you do to raise awareness about perinatal loss and support others who are experiencing something similar.
Rachel and Rob Samulack chose to coordinate Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau in honour of baby Aaron and in support of all other individuals and families who've experienced loss of a pregnancy, loss of an infant, or infertility. The Run will happen on Saturday October 14, 2017 during pregnancy and infant loss awareness month.
Recap of our Paint Nite
Sparkling conversation, splashes of paint, and savouring sweet treats were the perfect combination for a night out on Monday, June 12th, 2017! It was also an opportunity to support the estimated one in four women in Ottawa/Gatineau who have or will experience pregnancy or infant loss.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this sold-out event. From your support, we were able to raise $600 to directly support the cost of the Run. We're fundraising to support the cost of the Run itself (to cover the cost of things like race kits), because 100% of your registration to the Run on October 14th will go directly to Roger Neilson House, a program of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Thank you to our awesome instructor, Ena Lucia Mariaca, who led us through a very fun evening of painting! Thank you also to Oh So Good Dessert and Coffee House at 261 Richmond Road where in between brush strokes, were were able to nibble on our favourite goodies from their wide selection of delicious desserts!
The Hardest QUestion
You might remember our previous post, where Margaret, one of the volunteers for Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau, shared the letter she wrote to her son Matthew, who was stillborn at 26 weeks. Margaret also experienced two first trimester miscarriages before her last child was born.
Margaret shared with us some more of her thoughts around miscarriage and infant loss (also known as perinatal loss), which she summarizes as "the hardest question" - Read more below...
Thank you Margaret, for sharing your thoughts on perinatal loss.
We are so happy to announce the photographers for Aaron’s Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau: Kim Brookes from Breathe In Photography and Annie Carrier photographe lifestyle et artiste émotionelle!
Kim from Breathe In Photography specializes in celebrating connections through birth, feeding, babywearing and in-home newborn photography. She talks about her work:
Kim’s style honours real life so that you can remain true to the moment so she can capture the beautiful connections between you and the people you love. Every birth story, the fuzzy chaos of the early days with a newborn, the mess in the kitchen and the mismatched booties on your baby's feet is the setting for beautiful moments. She believes photography celebrates connections, builds community and sparks important conversations. She hopes her images will provide you with beautiful tangible moments that you can look back on for years and years.
Annie Carrier photographe’s mission is to become your creative partner to ensure that you get images that reflects the beauty and rawness that makes you the beautiful and unique beings that you are. She tells us about her approach to photography:
Annie is also a volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She photographed the family of one of our volunteers after her daughter Anya passed away at birth in 2013. Anya’s mother, writes:
Kim and Annie have both volunteered their services for the day of the run. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to get to know these amazing, generous women! They have also donated photography packages to our Silent Auction, scheduled for June 2-3, 2017 (join the group here).
Thank you SO MUCH Kim and Annie!!!
In order to win:
The print size is 31x46cm and is silkscreened so each print is unique! Please note that the frame is not included.
The lucky winner will be notified via Facebook private message on Tuesday, May 23.
Thank you to Alexandre from CDNPrints who donated these amazing prints. You can check out his shop on Etsy.
butterfly wings for sale
Well, its the weekend everyone! If you're planning to head out to treat yourself to some coffee or baked goods on Saturday or Sunday, we'd encourage you to stop by 3 Sisters Bakeshop & Gourmet Creations to pick up a latte and pair of butterfly wings ($30/pair with proceeds going to Aaron's Butterfly Run). The coffee is worth a little trip (if you don't live in the Alta Vista area) and these wings are just too cute to pass up for a little child who likes to play dress up!
For more info, check out our previous post about the butterfly wings.
This event will be held at Oh So Good Dessert and Coffee House at 261 Richmond Road in Ottawa. In between brush strokes, you can nibble on your favourite goodies from their wide selection of delicious desserts.
Tickets must be purchased before May 29th 2017 and promotional codes are not accepted for this event.
Pregnancy after loss
Thinking about subsequent pregnancy after loss? There is an event coming up in June in Toronto about subsequent pregnancy after the death of a child.
Come and learn more about this topic with Alexis Marie Chute, bereaved mom, artist, and author of "Expecting Sunshine" - a book she has in print as of April 2017 and a film by the same name.
The June event will provide you with increased knowledge as well as a chance to sit with other parents who are:
When: Saturday, June 24th, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Centre (event room 1) at 686 Bay Street in Toronto
Childcare will be available for your children.
Please invite all who matter to you as this topic is important to be supported in!
RSVP by June 17th to email@example.com or by calling (416) 813-6782
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU to everyone who supported our 1st-ever Pregnancy & Infant Loss Film Night & Panel Discussion on Friday April 28th, 2017!
The event was 1 week ago today, so in case you didn't have a chance to attend the event, we thought we'd share a bit of a recap:
Overall, we got a sense that many people felt a sense of relief to be in a room full of understanding people where they could talk openly about their losses. It was interesting to hear how many people came to the event because they knew someone who lost a pregnancy or an infant and were looking to find ways to better support them (thank you to those amazing people in our support network).
We were very moved by many people in our community who got up to speak at the event. Some of those people just experienced losses of their own, as recent as two weeks previously. Our hearts go out to them as they experience their loss, but we hope they know how much support they have in our community. Even if our event helped just these people, even just a little, we feel it was a success.
Here is some of the other feedback we've heard so far:
We value your feedback on this event, and our cause. If you have additional feedback for us, feel free to comment here, or send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who weren't able to attend the event in person, you can still have a chance to view the videos here:
An Ottawa-based family's experience with Perinatal Hospice. This film will explore Rachel and Rob Samulack's journey with Perinatal Hospice at Roger Neilson House and the 100 precious minutes that they spent with their son Aaron Samulack.
Created by the University of Quebec in Gatineau. Five fathers share their experience of their child's death and the tools that have helped them to live through this storm. These stories can inspire bereaved families, professionals' practices toward men, as well as the development of policies and services for them. .
A film on pregnancy and infant loss by Shawn Lovering on his mother's experience with pregnancy loss.
Link to be added in the future (we're sorry that it's not publicly available at this time)
Again, THANK YOU so much to everyone who supported this event!
Thank you for supporting individuals and families who have or will experience pregnancy and infant loss. Ottawa/Gatineau is an amazing place to live and we have such an amazing community!
Thank you again to our panelists, including:
Thank you to our volunteers, including all of our wonderful bake sale contributors!
Thank you to everyone who made and purchased butterfly wings! If you didn't have a chance to purchase a pair of wings and you'd still like to, they are still available at 3 Sisters Bakeshop & Gourmet Creations for $30/pair. Thank you to Fabrications Ottawa for donating the organic cotton for these wings! All proceeds are supporting the Run!
And last but not least, thank you to everyone who attended the event!