What is Pregnancy or Infant Loss and its Grief?

The pregnancy or infant loss refers to the death of a baby that occurs during the course of the pregnancy, in baby birth or during the first year of life. The pregnancy or infant grief makes reference to the mourning lived by these parents at the time of passing of their baby.

Parents Orphelins has chosen to represent all parents who experience a pregnancy or infant loss, regardless of the period when their baby died. In this instance, Parents Orphelins believes that anyone who has lived a pregnancy which resulted in the loss of a baby, before the age of one, can indeed experience pregnancy or infant grief.

In other words, we believe that the sorrow is not measured by the number of weeks of pregnancy or the weeks of life of the baby but by the magnitude of the dream that the parents carried in them and also by the intensity of the feeling of already being parents.

It is important to keep in mind that your sorrow is tinged by your personality and your history. That is what makes it unique, even if some elements are similar to those of other parents.
The loss of a baby causes a painful mourning but it will drive, with its resolution, a better self-knowledge, a greater maturity and an increased capacity to enjoy life and be happy.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. You can also download our awareness information guide (only available in French).

Our Mission

Parents Orphelins has chosen to represent all parents who experience a pregnancy and infant loss, regardless of the period when their baby died.

Parents Orphelins, the Québec Association of parents grieving from pregnancy and infant loss, has set themselves a goal. Their mission is to help other parents through this difficult ordeal by breaking the isolation, by documenting, by informing and by educating the population of Québec on the subject of pregnancy and infant grief. The Association encourages mutual assistance among bereaved parents in Québec, health care professionals and supporters to the cause.

Parents Orphelins has chosen to represent all parents who experience a pregnancy and infant loss, regardless of the period when their baby died. In this instance, Parents Orphelins believes that anyone who has lived a pregnancy which resulted in the death of a baby before the age of one can indeed feel that this person is experiencing pregnancy and infant grief. In other words, we believe that the sorrow is not measured by the number of weeks of pregnancy or the weeks of life of the baby but by the magnitude of the dream that the parents carried in them and also by the intensity of the feeling of already being parents. Become a Parents Orphelins A-List member and enjoy exclusive information from us. Sign up.

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Why support Parents Orphelins?

Every day in Québec, parents loose a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth. It is estimated that nearly 23,000 Québec families are affected by the death of a baby every year. Parents Orphelins, the Québec Association of parents grieving from pregnancy and infant loss, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 recognized as a charitable organization with the primary mission of offering services “by and for” parents who experience a pregnancy and infant grief. Parents Orphelins has the objective to help other parents through this difficult ordeal.

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