CHI Health Good Samaritan holds memorial service for infant deaths

CHI Health Good Samaritan holds memorial service for infant deaths (NTV News)

Around 500 babies are born at CHI Good Samaritan in Kearney each year and sadly on average less than 15 of those babies don't make it.

Each year the hospital puts on an infant memorial service for those grieving the loss of their child.

On the East side of the Kearney Cemetery is an area called "Baby Land" where Good Samaritan holds the service each year in remembrance of babies stillborn, miscarried or who have died in infancy.

The annual service was for families who have lost babies in past years, giving them the chance to remember and pray.

"We come together as a time of remembrance as a time to remember their baby, and hopefully to provide them with some comfort and closure in some situations," said CHI Health Good Samaritan family birth center's supervisor Karen Rowher.

According to the CDC, there are around 24,000 stillbirths each year in the United States.

"Miscarriages which would be defined as before 20 weeks gestation. About 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. Stillbirths is less common so that would be after 20 weeks gestation," said Rowher.

CHI Health Good Samaritan family birth center supervisor Karen Rowher said losing a baby can be extremely hard on families so they hold the service in hopes to provide support.

"With losing a baby, you're so joyful when you find out that you're pregnant and going to be adding to your family. Then when it doesn't go the way it's planned and maybe you don't have an opportunity to parent, it can be a devastating loss for the couple, grandparents and even siblings in some cases," said Rowher.

During the service they also have a placing of the roses, where families can take a rose and place it in remembrance of their child.

"It's a very emotional time. They are remembering when they lost their child, their experience in the hospital and maybe the events leading up to that. It's very solemn mood here at the ceremony," said Rowher.

St. Francis in Grand Island also held an infant memorial service for their grieving families last week.

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