Losing a baby is one of the worst things that can ever happen to a parent. Yet the sad truth is that one in four women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime. Despite how common pregnancy loss is, there is not much support for women who have suffered such a tragedy. In fact, not many people ever talk about the issue. Women often suffer alone, afraid to share their grief or speak out about the feelings of loss, anger, sadness and even guilt.
One woman is seeking to change that. Nikita Razo wants women to know that they are not alone when they suffer a miscarriage. She wants to create a network of support and community that women can turn to when they suffer a loss.
To that end, Razo created a photo that will speak to the heart of any woman who has ever had to grieve a lost pregnancy. As reported by Today, Razo suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks. The loss of her second child was devastating, and she needed a way to express her grief and simultaneously honor her baby.
She did so via a photo that she created with other women who have also experienced miscarriage. In the picture, a woman carries a white balloon for each pregnancy she has lost.
As you can see in the image, several of the women suffered more than one loss. Thankfully, repeat miscarriages are not common, which is reassuring for women who have suffered a loss, but it also means that women who DO suffer repeat miscarriages often feel more alone. That is why it is crucial that we offer support to these women and ensure that they have the opportunity to grieve.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a pregnancy loss, you are not alone. Help is available. Please visit Healing Hearts for resources and support.