Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to Raise Awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss



Lakewood, Colorado - On Saturday, September 29, family and friends affected by pregnancy and infant loss will join together at Lakewood Heritage Park in Lakewood, Colorado to honor precious babies who have died and to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.

Commemorating its fifteenth year, the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) Remembrance Walk, “Our Journey Together” is for parents, family members, and friends to come together to remember a precious baby who has died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss. 

NILMDTS Remembrance Walk is being hosted by Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an international nonprofit organization that provides the gift of remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby. 
The registration fee ensures future support to families who will be affected by pregnancy and infant loss.
The NILMDTS Remembrance Walk in Lakewood, Colorado includes a program with readings, music, and speakers to honor your baby.
During the event, each baby is honored when his or her name is read aloud and a butterfly is released for every baby. Following the program participants will journey together for reflective walk.
“To just be with other families who are walking through the grief journey gave me a sense of normalcy in my new upside down world,” said a previous Remembrance Walk participant.
“We hope that we can be part of the journey for parents and families as they walk the difficult road after the death of their baby.  We also hope this walk can shed light on a topic that is rarely discussed in today’s society – pregnancy and infant loss,” said Gina Harris, Chief Executive Officer of NILMDTS.  
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep was founded in 2005 after Cheryl Haggard lost her son Maddux to a condition called myotubular myopathy. On the sixth day of his young life, Maddux’s parents, Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support.
Before they did, they called Denver area photographer Sandy Puc’ to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc’ photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him.
Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents inspired Cheryl Haggard and Sandy Puc’ to begin a nonprofit organization that has provided more than 35,000 families with free professional portraits with their baby.
NILMDTS has nearly 1,500 active volunteers around the world.  NILMDTS reaches every state in the United States and has been or is present in 40 countries worldwide.

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