a challenge it was in 1997 to move the Perinatal Hospice program of Alexandra's
House from being simply a new and unique idea to actually providing beneficial
activities for parents with pregnancies that will end with their babies’ deaths
from natural causes; i.e. lethal genetic and chromosomal abnormalities. Many
thought it simply a noble idea but not really necessary. This idea was unheard-of. Many thought it futile, an
unnecessary expenditure of resources – so much thrown away on those who could
not hope to benefit. In short, a waste. In spite of its naysayers, Alexandra's House
received its first referral in 1999 and referrals have been non-stop since.
Now, instead of
opposition, we witness rapidly multiplying similar programs springing up around
the country. Today, most hospitals locally and nationally have formally trained
pediatric palliative care teams to help the very smallest babies of these
families, the yet unborn and frail newly born.
One of Alexandra's House mothers, a prominent historian,
reports: “All of us who have been touched by Alexandra’s House know that
wanting care and comfort for our seriously ill babies is not a waste. Here,
twenty years later, we are connected by a deep bond indeed, united by the loss
of our little ones, and gathered together as a family supporting one another in
grief and in healing”.
began on December 12, 1994, with the birth of a tiny baby named Alexandra into
her family, who drew such immense love that it propelled her aunt into this
service to the most vulnerable portion of humanity, terminally ill babies, has
come a long way indeed.
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