UAMC nurses bring comfort to grieving mothers
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Sunday, more than a dozen mothers showed up to the annual "Healing Hands' event at the Botanical Gardens.
It's a memorial started by a group of nurses at Labor and Delivery at UAMC to help families cope with the loss of newborns, otherwise known as 'stillborn birth.'
Among the mothers, was Ashley Ramirez who lost her daughter, Lariyanna Sophie just an hour after giving birth.
Nurses make sure no mother goes home without something to cherish, like a blanket, or clay molds of their baby's hands and feet.
"It helps me, helps me a lot to come and know that there are people that do this to remember the babies," she said.
Families took turns talking about their loss, including Sherri and James Wakefield who lost their twin boys a little over a year ago.
"It's so hard to talk about a loss like ours, instead of adding to your heartache thought about talking about how precious they were would please our boys more," they told a crowd.
Nurses say it's about letting mothers know they aren't alone and have a shoulder to lean on why they need it.