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Families in need are getting some long-overdue support.

Michelle Lafontaine from Sunnybrook Hospital says mothers are getting more support from the Parent and Infant Loss program at Sunnybrook Hospital, and spoke about the response to their outreach program in Kenora.

“We often have families that come because they’re looking for their peers support. There’s just nothing that can compare to the feeling that you get when you’re in a room full of families that have walked in the same shoes that you have walked in. I think what struck us the most during our time in Kenora, was the sense of community that we felt. Not just in the meetings that we had, but the people in Kenora we’re just so open and welcoming,” she said.

Lafontaine adds they have 18 such groups across the province.

Lafontaine says that one in four mothers in the province can either miscarry or lose an infant child. Two years ago, Queen's Park agreed to recognize the issue, by setting aside Oct. 15 as a date for talking about these topics.

Sunnybrook is the country's largest trauma centre, handling more than a million patients a year. With more than 200 doctors on staff, the hospital also carries out more than $100 million dollars a year in research.

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