YOUR HOMETOWN — Dayton: Left Wondering: ‘Is Something Wrong With You’
Foundation Starts Miscarriage Support Meetings
Regina Harlow (left to right) and Tanya Bennett listen to Angela Magenhofer on Thursday morning at the Sadie Rose Foundation office, 206 Main St., Dayton. In 2007, Harlow and her husband, Lee, created the Dayton-based nonprofit organization to offer support for people who have suffered the loss of a child. This month, the foundation added a support meeting just for those who’ve experienced early pregnancy loss. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
Regina Harlow shares a moment with her 4-year-old son, Eli, Thursday at the Sadie Rose Foundation office in Dayton Thursday morning. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
At the time, she and her husband, Karl Magenhofer, 39, didn’t have much support aside from each other to get through it. For many years, miscarriage was a topic many people didn’t talk about.
“It was a big struggle,” said Angela Magenhofer, 36. “There are a whole lot of emotions. You’re wondering if there is something wrong with you.”
Eight months after the miscarriage, she became pregnant again. But in May 2009, she gave birth to a stillborn baby, Camden Magenhofer.
After an obituary ran in the Daily News-Record, the couple received a message through Facebook inviting them to join the Dayton-based Sadie Rose Foundation.
Grottoes resident Regina Harlow founded the foundation in 2007 to support families who have lost a child. Her daughter, Sadie Rose Harlow, died June 20, 2007, after 17 hours of life.
Since forming, the foundation has hosted family support group meetings on the fourth Friday of each month. The meetings are held at 7 p.m. at Sunrise Church of the Brethren, 1496 S. Main St., Harrisonburg.
Parents who have lost children in various ways, including miscarriages, suicide, accidents, illnesses and fires, attend the meetings.
This month, the foundation added a new meeting, strictly dealing with miscarriages and early pregnancy loss.
“The people that have experienced miscarriages felt the need for a group where they can have an understanding among each other for the losses they have experienced,” Harlow said. “Not that anyone didn’t make them feel welcomed, they know it’s a loss all its own.”
The miscarriage support meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the foundation’s office, 206 Main St., Dayton.
Magenhofer said the foundation has helped her through the years and believes the new meeting will help couples who have suffered miscarriages.
She said talking to other mothers who have had miscarriages and went on to have healthy babies is beneficial to the healing process.
“You can see it’s possible … you can have something you have longed for,” said Angela Magenhofer, who has gone on to have two healthy children, Brooklyn, 2, and Cardie, 4 months.
Harlow echoed that sentiment.
“It becomes a whole different family you can draw strength from,” she said.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org