My name is Heidi Faith, and I am the founder of stillbirthday. At stillbirthday, we provide free, printable birth plans to mothers and families experiencing birth in any trimester, and in any outcome. We are also an academic institution, providing a collegiate level certifying program with curriculum to prepare healthcare and other allied professionals as well as interested or bereaved individuals to gain a skill set that enables them to support families enduring the complex devastation of pregnancy and infant loss.
The Hearts Release began as a way of acknowledging babies not alive in a dignifying way. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, declared so by President Ronald Reagan with Proclamation 5890, nearly 30 years ago. October 15 has become known as the day for an International Remembrance and Wave of Light. Because stillbirthday already has a candle for our logo (the symbolism depicting that a pregnancy loss is still a birth day, still a day that is only the beginning, that the things unseen are still counted, that our babies matter), my heart was to bring something intentional to the international healing community that we all could be positively impacted by, creating location sites that families can visit if they choose, location sites that we can feel are set apart for us.
The purpose of the Heart Release is not centrally that the hearts grow into flowers, though they can. The purpose is the symbolism that the legacy of our children is not finished yet, that though our children’s lives did not come to fruition in any kind of a way that we as parents, grandparents or loved ones wanted, the legacy of our children manifests simply, gently, softly, by our unending love for them.
The Hearts Release is FREE to participate in by adding your beloved babies’ names. It is FREE to attend (unless there would ever be a third-party admission at a location, such as things like lodging). The Hearts Release is funded purely from tuition into our doula program. Only funds freely given by those who simply feel compelled to give, are received to help ensure funding for further ongoing Hearts Release events, including compensating things like the professional photography involved.
Click the links to learn more:
- about the hearts
- about the flowers
- about the names
- about the history
- other frequently asked questions
- visit the stillbirthday facebook page
- visit the Hearts Release facebook page