It was a day filled with tears and laughter, but most of all, love.
The Ladies Afternoon Tea in Support of Stillbirth Foundation was held on October 20 at Cambewarra Estate Winery.
The event raised an impressive $5,419 for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, the only Australian charity dedicated to stillbirth research.
Despite significant medical advances in many other fields, the rates of miscarriage remains steady and stillbirth figures have not changed in two decades. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and six babies born stillborn in Australia every day - higher than the national road toll.
In 40 per cent of stillbirth cases, parents are never able to be given a reason for why their baby passed away.
Event organiser Nicole Hampton has experienced three losses and said the day gave women a chance to connect with other bereaved mums and openly grieve and honour their child or children.
"We were able to honour the babies that live in our hearts by writing their names on hearts and hanging them in the room," she said.
"I also read all 122 names out after our slide show tribute."
Nicole said the day also opened up conversation for those who hadn't personally experienced loss, opening their eyes to the deep impact grief makes on a person.
Four speakers, Yvette Mystakas, Carla Balsar, Annie Imerie and Aresha Quaas, all shared their experience with grief and life after loss.
Local singer and voice star, Cynna Taylor performed for an hour, with Nicole thanking the performer for attending even on her 30th birthday weekend.
Nicole also thanked the many local businesses and community members who donated prizes to be raffled.
"Through silent auctions, raffles, lucky door and lucky dips we were able to raise $5419 for Stillbirth Foundation Australia which is an amount that I'm so blown away by," she said.
"The generosity of local community has really overwhelmed me. Without their donations I wouldn't have been able to pull of a successful day.
"Being able to raise money for the Stillbirth Foundation to support research and potentially save lives is bittersweet but empowering."
Nicole said the feedback from the day was positive, with everyone looking forward to what will now become a biennial event.
If you've experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal infant death and would like to connect with other women in a similar situation, Nicole is part of the Social Connection for Bereaved Mothers group in Nowra, which meets regularly to catch up, share the ups and downs, and support each other.
For more information search Social Connection for Bereaved Mothers group on Facebook, or contact Nicole on 0432 916 823.