“I’m sorry, there is no heartbeat”. Rob & Serena understand this heartbreaking message only too well – tragically they lost their baby boy back in 2010. Together they decided to start an organization “Walking Forward Together,” a non-profit foundation with one mission in mind — to serve as a sanctuary for women and their families who have suffered a pregnancy, fetal, or neonatal loss.
“No one wants to be a part of this club. I became a part of this club 7 years ago. We never dreamed that we would become members. I was a doctor. I did all the testing available to me. And, all testing was good, without abnormalities,” says Serena. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 23,000 fetal deaths occur each year. One in every 150 pregnancies ends in stillbirth.
“There is never an end to this process, as it is a person who never was. Yet, a mother always knows that she experienced a loss — no matter what. A mother knows she has lost a daughter, a son, a friend,” says Rob.
The goal is to offer support and other services directly to the families suffering pregnancy, prenatal, and neonatal losses of children, namely, healing services consisting of nutrition, exercise, yoga, massage, group therapy, individual counseling, support groups, and therapy services utilizing art, music, photography, writing, and painting.
Walking Forward Together addresses a very special need, one we hope you will never have to experience but know there is “a place where families can get away from the neighborhood, the grocery store, the church and anywhere they would be reminded of the expectation of a productive, healthy pregnancy,” expresses Rob.
If you or someone dear to you has experienced this type of loss, reach out to Walking Forward Together, Together we will work to find support, hope, healing, and peace. You are not alone.