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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: To educate and support anyone who is experiencing a pregnancy loss either directly or indirectly

Programs: Through the heart's current activity focuses heavily on its comfort kit program. Kits are provided free of charge to individuals or couples who have recently suffered a pregnancy loss and are delivered via usps priority mail. Each kit comes full of pampering and distracting items including personal care items such as hand lotion and candles, sweet and savory snacks, a redbox movie code, information about the organization and a handwritten note to ensure each recipient understands they are not alone. The program began in november 2013 and to date, more than 1,800 kits have been distributed to all 50 states and the district of columbia. Approximately 500 individuals/couples are served each year through this program.

through the heart also works to provide education primarily through the distribution of quick reference postcards that provide tips for coping with pregnancy loss. Items are suggested for those who have experienced a loss as well as for those who are supporting someone else. These postcards are distributed directly by the organization, through partner organizations, and by healthcare professionals. Individuals or organizations are able to request the postcards online and they are also mailed in every comfort kit. To date, more than 5,000 postcards have been distributed and through the heart partnered with more than 35 new medical professionals in 2017.

online resources are a key component of the organization's outreach. Individuals served by through the heart are heavily involved in the organization's work as many view it as a way to not only heal, but to pay it forward and help others. The organization's blog (http://www. Throughtheheart. Org/wordpress/) is a collaboration between staff and volunteers. By having several contributing bloggers, the organization can offer multiple points of view about pregnancy loss and life thereafter. The through the heart online discussion forum (http://throughtheheart1. Proboards. Com/) is primarily moderated by a volunteer who has suffered three miscarriages but selflessly helps others by providing conversation and comfort. Her dedication to the role allows the organization's staff to focus on other initiatives by freeing up time. Healing through art is a project offered by through the heart to help individuals express their emotions, deal with grief, and memorialize a lost child. The project is presented in full detail with step-by-step instructions and photos to allow individuals to complete it at their own pace. The project was created by one of the organization's volunteers, donna, a woman who lost 11 children across seven pregnancies. Her personal experience provided insight to be able to design a memory box project that really speaks to grieving parents and addresses their needs. One critical way the population served is involved with through the heart is through the share your story function on the organization's website. For many suffering a pregnancy loss, one of the keys to understanding they are not alone is often hearing (or reading) the stories of others. So far, more than 70 women have bravely stepped up and shared their stories - some of them horrifying, all of them heartbreaking - and been a voice and often a face of pregnancy loss.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Why I support pregnancy loss programs at Through the Heart (www.throughtheheart.org)

In February 2013, my husband & I lost our first child, a daughter, at 20 weeks into the pregnancy. It was one of the most difficult, heart-wrenching, emotional situations either of us has ever dealt with. In the days and weeks following the loss, we felt alone. All around us the world was continuing on as it always had and yet ours had stopped. We felt disjointed, as though we didn’t know how to live a normal life anymore. We went back to work, back to our daily routines, but we were just going through the motions. Many people around us acted as though nothing had happened. We learned in that time how deafening silence can be.

Losing a child changes a person. It carries a special type of pain that really can’t be described, only understood by those who have been there. In the midst of our grief, we decided we didn’t want anyone else to ever feel alone in the same way we did. And so, in March 2013, Through the Heart was born.
In the time since, TTH has continued to grow and establish itself as a key resource for those experiencing a pregnancy loss.

In November 2013 we launched our Comfort Kit program, which has received an overwhelming response. We’ve shared stories, started discussions, been an outlet for thoughts and emotions, and helped grieving parents from all over the country – and the world – on their journey to healing.
I’ve learned first-hand how comforting this community can be. After 2 years of dealing with infertility we received the surprising news that I was pregnant. After several times of seeing the baby growing on target and hearing its heartbeat, we went in for what should have been a routine scan just shy of 12 weeks. It was then that we discovered there was no heartbeat. I had miscarried our son.

The process wasn’t any easier the second time around but one thing had changed – we had a place to turn. We were more knowledgeable and we had others to talk to. I quickly learned that I also felt more comfortable in telling the news to others than I had the first time because I was confident in my experience, not worried about being judged or having a stigma attached to the situation. TTH also gave us a way to stay distracted and help others – in the early days following the miscarriage, we kept busy by assembling Comfort Kits for others suffering a loss. It helped in our healing to be able to make sure others knew they too had a place to go. That is why I give to Through the Heart – because no grieving parent should ever feel alone.

Review from #MyGivingStory