Yesterday, our friends at "Mom Friends" shared a blog post about their participation in our Silent Auction and the 100In1Day festival. We so very much appreciate businesses and community members who've adamantly supported our cause to raise awareness and proceeds for pregnancy loss, infant loss and infertility in Ottawa and Gatineau. Thank you Mom Friends!
Also, take a minute to check out the important work they do in our community - they provide postpartum care kits to new moms.
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.
Experiencing the loss of pregnancy, a baby or a child is a devastating and life-altering experience, to say the least. As awful as the journey is, know that you are not alone and there are a variety of resources available to support you.
One of the great resources that recently came to our attention is The Love & Loss Project. The Love & Loss Project is a comfort and inspiration station for people who have lost a baby, pregnancy or child.
April offers a variety of services to support those experiencing perinatal loss, including a Baby Loss Survival Guide.
Thank you April for donating to our Silent Auction in support of Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau! If you're interested in the Baby Loss Survival Guide, you can have a chance to bid on it during our online, Facebook-based, Silent Auction June 2-3, 2017.
For other perinatal loss and infertility support resources, check out our Resources page.
Don't forget! Our Silent Auction is coming up quickly!
Join our Silent Auction Facebook group to see all the items up for grabs! We have over $7,000 worth of items! All of the proceeds raised from the Auction will directly support Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau!
All the items will be announced on Thursday June 1st.
The Auction will officially open on Friday June 2nd at 9 AM and close on Saturday June 3rd at 9 PM.
Here's how the Auction will work...
Yesterday (Monday May 29, 2017) Rachel and Kayleigh, volunteers from Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau, shared their personal loss stories on Daytime Ottawa / Rogers tv Ottawa, Cable 22.
In case you missed it, you can check out their segment - check out the YouTube video below.
They also spoke about the Silent Auction for Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa that's coming up on June 2-3 which is raising funds to support our event.
Thank you Rachel and Kayleigh for sharing your story!
To commemorate the symbolism of The Butterfly Run, we're selling butterfly wings! This weekend, stop by 3 Sisters Bakeshop & Gourmet Creations to pick up a latte and pair of butterfly wings. 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!
Selling for $30/pair with all proceeds going towards Aaron's Butterfly Run and Roger Nelson House. These wings are handmade with organic cotton by Fabrications Ottawa and sewn in memory of Aaron who lived 100 precious minutes.
Thank you to those who've made this fundraiser a possibility!
Have you been trying to conceive, but struggling with infertility? If you are the 1 in 6 Canadians who struggle with infertility, you're certainly not alone.
Secondary infertility also exists and is defined as the inability to become pregnant, or to carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children.
If you live in Ottawa/Gatineau and are having trouble with your fertility, did you know that there are resources out there to support you? Some of those support resources have events coming up in the next few days...
This Saturday May 28th is the monthly peer-led Infertility Support Group. Here's some more information about the group:
Little Lotus Yoga is also offering another 4-week series of Fertility Yoga beginning on June 1st!
There is also an online support group that you can request to join on Facebook, the Infertility Support for Ottawa and the Valley.
I can speak from personal experience, that Dr. Patricia Gervaize, a psychologist at OFC, is an amazing source of support for couples or individuals needing help when dealing with infertility and/or miscarriage.
Fertility Matters Canada is also an excellent source of information and support!
What other resources do you utilize in our community, or online, to support you in your fertility journey?
What if hundreds of people united, each taking one small action to improve their city, all on the same day?
Well on June 3, 2017, that's exactly what's happening in Ottawa and in other cities around the globe!
100In1Day is a global festival of citizen engagement and a growing movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. The festival is a platform for citizens to activate ideas to make their city healthier, happier and more inspired, one initiative at a time.
This is the first year that 100In1Day is in Ottawa!
We are proud to say that our Silent Auction in support of Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau is a participant in Ottawa's 100In1Day! You can read more about how we are part of this initiative in this article.
There's also still time to join our Silent Auction group - the event is online June 2-3! Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1047874661979823
Thanks to this great initiative, #100In1Day, powered by Synapcity and Evergreen!
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.