Local group helps mothers who have lost a child

One in four women experience pregnancy loss and a local leader says this happens to thousands of women right here in Nebraska. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A local organization helps support moms who have lost a child. The founder says during these times, even more support is needed right now.

“I just really noticed this painfully obvious gap in care from the time you leave the hospital, or your provider’s office, to the time that you go home,” said Jolia Vega, founder of No Footprint Too Small. “You’re kind of left to navigate this really difficult grief journey.”

One in four women experience pregnancy loss and and a local leader says this happens to thousands of women right here in Nebraska. 

Vega says the pandemic just adds more stress.

“Say that you’ve lost a baby this year, and you’ve also lost a job, and the normal, seeing that the pandemic has taken (normal) away from us,” said Vega. 

“Maybe you’ve lost your main sources of support, being able to meet with them. Or even, you know with mental health right now a lot of therapists have a waitlist.”

Jolie Vega lost two babies of her own and experienced the gap in support for moms in Lincoln. So she started the no footprint too small organization to help connect families to bereavement services and therapists.

Vega says mothers who lose a child can feel grief and isolation in that loss. She advises moms to take their time healing and do it their way.

“Give yourself what you need,” said Vega. “You know maybe it’s hanging out with your own mom or friends. Or maybe it’s you know like binge-watching Netflix for a couple of hours, or getting some time outside whatever that looks like, it’s okay. And to stay connected to people that, that, that feel comfortable being uncomfortable.”

The organization is one of the many nonprofits that benefit from the Give to Lincoln Day fundraiser happening May 1-25 online. Vega says the group remains active with zooms and adjustments so every mom in the group feels support. For more about No Footprint Too Small visit here.

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