After losing my son in 2007, I was on the lookout for somebody to help me understand what had happened and to guide me through the Journey. I found 1st Breath. Not only did they help guide me but helped me to become an advocate for other parents who had walked in my shoes.
Caring, understanding, and above all respectful, I highly reccomend 1st Breath as a place to turn to for grieving families.
I was able to volunteer and assist in making 1st Breath’s Compassion Care Kits that are provided to families in the hospital who have just learned that their baby will be, or has just been born still. The packages have had so much thought put into them. The resources they provide support families from the moment of diagnosis, to years down the road. 1st Breath does not think any newly bereaved family should leave the hospital with only a box of papers. They also believe it is important to honor these babies and help guide bereaved parents in learning how to be a parent to an angel. They work hard to give these precious babies who were born silent a voice to be heard.
1st Breath has served families and professionals in every aspect facing stillbirth. The have been pivotal in advocating for awareness and respect from the local, national and even international levels. They serve families from the time of diagnosis, through giving birth to a stillborn baby, and advocacy for the following years. They provide information and tools to professionals to aid in supporting and serving families in making a lifetime of memories in a short amount of time. They work with researchers, legislators, professionals and families to fight stillbirth and be a voice for precious babies who left us too early.
I am a mother to a stillborn baby and found 1st Breath so special they gave so much support to me xx
I found the CEO pd Flynn very helpful and supportive and she is the best person I know of and they definitely do give the best support and advice
I am a mother who lost my daughter to still birth. I had never spoken about her to anyone. It was a few years later that I had a son who passed away of sids and that was all a mother's heart could take. I was referred to Patricia Flynn to talk with and quickly realized that her dream was one that would bridge the gaps in my heart. I'm very blessed and this organization helped restore and renew not only me but my family. I could never thank you all enough. May this blessing reach all of those who unfortunately have to face loss. Prayers for everyone.
My comment is in relation to Dr. Pat Flynn. I have never suffered the tragedy 1st Breath Inc. addresses but I have some knowledge and feelings of the founder. I attended Mid America Nazarene University with Pat from 2005-2006 and spent a great deal of time studying with her. Pat's loss of a child was a personal inspiration for the life of 1st Breath Inc. and her passion to help heal the hearts of others. She simply wants to help and heal. I know of no finer lady with immeasurable kindness and caring she shares toward others. I highly recommend this organization and the wonderful person gifting these services.
1st Breath began as a program providing resources to families and medical professionals dealing with stillbirth. The Compassion Care Kits provide information, resources, keepsakes and tools to provide support for newly bereaved parents. We now have expanded into supporting and sharing research, advocating legislative issues, loss Doula support, memorial events, assisting with developing technical tools to provide support and comfort to women who become pregnant after losing a baby to stillbirth, along with other numerous efforts.
The national headquarters have relocated from the Midwest to the east coast where 1st Breath had been met with a great deal of support from city officials. In the first year two proclamations were made recognizing our babies. A Baby Loss Memorial Garden was also provided by one city and allows parents to plant notes embedded with flower seeds for their babies.
1st Breath continues to reach out and expand its support and service's, honor our precious babies who have gone on, serving to reduce the risk of babies death, and supporting all who are touched by stillbirth.
Dr. Patricia Flynn is absolutely the right person to be in charge of 1st Breath, and is directly responsible for its progress and success over the past decade and more.
The important thing about running a non-profit, and most assuredly this one, is a thorough and complete understanding of the experiences, assistance and results of the work being done. Dr. Flynn exceeds the requirement for all of those, having gone thru Stillbirth herself in 1978.
The experience she went thru in 1978 and the three and a half decades since serves her well, and gives her efforts, thoughts and actions added credibility. She's able to relate directly with those that 1st Breath assists. Singlehandedly she's been able to get state legislatures to recognize Stillbirth with the creation of "certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth" that enables much needed closure and lifetime remembrance of a parents' child born still. She has also traveled to educate and work with legislators in Washington DC for a nationwide standard for the handling of Stillbirth - and more importantly, trying to get the needed funding for proper and complete research into Stillbirth.
It's been incredible to watch her meet people from all over the world in person, on line and over the phone as they discuss their mutual feelings about the subject. Dr. Flynn has the ability (and indeed nationally-recognized training) to deal with these parents, siblings, family and friends.
1st Breath has been so very important in the continued attempt to keep Stillbirth in the American conversation about health care, prenatal services, and counseling.
1st Breath Inc is an incredible organization! They donated a beautiful Moses basket to our hospital bereavement program. This organization is a wonderful resource to the community. Last year, they organized a special remembrance day for local families. It was a beautiful event.
1st Breath is amazing! Great people and a wonderful nonprofit. Always remembering our little angels