“It felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we are broken.” – First Lady Michelle Obama
“I was like, why on Earth do I keep getting pregnant if I can’t have a kid. Okay God, we know this just wasn’t your timing, and that is all right. We will bounce back and figure out a way through it.” – Carrie Underwood
A conversation started in 2018 across the country as several high profile women opened up about their own personal loss and fertility struggles while encouraging others to do the same. These same struggles are known by millions of women. Stillbirth affects 1 in 100 in the U.S. each year in addition to infant and child loss affecting families daily.
Since 2010, that has been our goal at Mamie’s Poppy Plates – to not only provide parents with a tangible keepsake but to give them an opportunity to start a conversation, say their baby’s name and share their story. As we close out 2018, we are thankful for all of the new conversations that have begun, as moms and dads who suffer the heartbreaking loss of a child cope with their grief.
“It was MPP that truly understood what I needed as a grieving mom. They knew that I needed something tangible that gave me a sense that my son wasn’t/isn’t forgotten. I love the continuing support, shown in so many ways, given to the moms, dads, and families.”
– Sherri Averitt Miley
2018 has been a big year of growth for Mamie’s. Thanks to generous donors, we added 8 new hospitals and 2 hospice organizations, bringing us to 61 partnerships in 13 states. Our plate production will reach 40% growth this year. In October, we attended our very first International Perinatal Bereavement Conference. The response was incredible, as we added more than 30 hospitals, valued at over $100,000 to our waitlist. We want to be strategic in our growth and only take on new hospitals as funding is available.
Because of the increasing plate numbers as well as increasing costs to provide these mementos to families, we opened up more hospital sponsorship opportunities in 2018. Our goal is to provide more families an opportunity to invest in their hospital of choice while keeping adoption costs down for our current donors.
The support we have seen for Arkansas hospitals has been incredible and we now want to slowly begin expanding our reach across the country. As we mentioned, we have more than 30 hospitals on our waiting list. As we close out 2018, our goal is to partner with at least four of these facilities on the West Coast. Our End of the Year Goal of $10,000 would fund all plates for the four California hospitals on our waitlist. Please consider helping us reach that goal and keep the conversation going.
Together we can provide families a voice and help raise awareness about miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.
Sarah Adams and Britney Spees (Mamie’s Mom and Aunt)