It’s been a year since Nicole Hampton lost her baby.
Tragically, her baby died when she was four months pregnant, after a serious of complications.
While she’s had some “very dark days”, Ms Hampton said times have been brighter recently thanks to other Shoalhaven women who’ve experienced the same loss.
“I’ve connected with some beautiful women who have been through what I have suffered so we have a unique understanding of each others’ pain,” she said.
Ms Hampton said a lack of professional support in the region made things more difficult for her so she, and several other women, are trying to improve support for other families dealing with such a tragic event.
“We have created a social group for mothers that have experienced miscarriage, still birth and neonatal and infant death,” she said.
“We meet regularly and socially connect, and together share the journey of life after loss.”
Despite technological and medical advances, the rate of stillborn babies hasn’t declined in two decades.
“The statistics for still birth are huge with six babies a day still born,” Ms Hampton said.
“One in four pregnancies also ends in miscarriage which is why I’m desperate to raise awareness and support those families affected,” she said.
Ms Hampton has focused her grief on raising funds and awareness for families suffering from the loss of a baby through miscarriage or still birth. A fundraising memory walk ‘Taking Steps our Babies Couldn’t’ will be held on July 22 at Moona Moona Creek, Huskisson.
A portion of the funds raised will go to Sands Australia, a miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death charity, while the rest will go directly into the Shoalhaven community to support bereaved families.
“[We will donate] memory boxes for the hospital and are hoping to raise enough for foot and hand imprint kits,” Ms Hampton said.
“The aim of the event is to also break the stigma attached to death of a baby or loss of a pregnancy.”
The inaugural event was held last year and more than $5000 was raised for Sands Australia.
The 5km walk will commence at 11am and is suitable for all ages and fitness types.
“Even if you haven't directly suffered a loss this is an open community event and a beautiful way to support a bereaved parent by walking together and helping keep their child's memory alive,” Ms Hampton said.
After the walk there will be a sausage sizzle and a memorial cake with names of babies that passed away to soon.
For more information search Walk To Remember Our Babies. on Facebook.