On Monday May 16th at Mount Sinai Hospital a monumental event catapulted a movement into motion as healthcare professionals, perinatal organizations and bereaved families all came together  for the first ever Pregnancy & Infant Loss Summit.

Throughout the day multiple speakers shared how the current medical system deals with women who experience miscarriage, still births, or early infant deaths. They also spoke on how vital and necessary it is that there be a transformation in healthcare practices needed to support women, medically and psychologically.

The photo above is of two birth and bereavement Doulas with a doctor from Mount Sinai and MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence Mike Colle, who was instrumental in the organization and implementation of the Summit.

Mike Colle along with many pregnancy and loss professionals believes that Ontario needs to implement proper health care options to deal with the 30,000 distressed mothers who experience infant loss each year. Events such as this Summit is a great start in giving a voice to bereaved families, while breaking the silence and bringing awareness to the general public.

This comes after the historic passing of Bill 141: The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, Research and Care Act in December 2015. It was the first known healthcare legislation of its kind in North America.