Christopher Louis Jones, Jr. Christopher Jones, Sr. Clarissa Doggett and Danielle
“Junior” and Danielle Jones Jones
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In July 2015, Christopher Jones, Sr. and Danielle Jones had their first child, Christopher Jones, Jr. Christopher, Jr., also referred to as “Junior,” was born with multiple congenital abnormalities due to a genetic defect. At 10-days-old, his short life on earth ended, but his purpose was only beginning. Out of a desire to help other parents who had suffered pregnancy and infant loss, Danielle started the Angel Baby Network with support from Clarissa Doggett, a friend whose son was born still and with support from Chris, Sr.
Our mission is to help parents who have endured a pregnancy and/or infant loss and to give them a hand to hold as they walk through such a devastating time in their lives.
Our vision is to connect parents, social services workers, medical professionals and licensed psychologists in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Dayton and ultimately, across the country, to walk parents through the death of their child.
We exist to ensure that parents do not go through the death of their child alone by offering resources where they can get the help they need and social gatherings where they can connect with other parents who can identify with their circumstance.
How Does It Work
By connecting with birthing hospitals, maternal fetal medicine high-risk clinics and children’s hospitals the Angel Baby Network will serve as a peer-to-peer group where parents who have lost a child can be referred to. If desired, upon referral, a person or couple who have lost their child will be referred to a person or couple who is already a part of the Angel Baby Network and who are at least six months beyond their child’s loss to be their “buddy.” In addition to this, the Angel Baby Network will meet once every other month to engage its members in a relaxed/fun/social activity or gathering where they will meet so they can identify with each other. At each gathering a licensed psychologist will be present in case a person or a couple needs information about additional mental health and emotional support. Information about local social services agencies and other local support groups that help parents who experience the loss of their child will also be available.
Information and Statistics on Infant Mortality (Death)
Infant mortality rate is defined as a measure used by demographers that measures the number of infants who die before their first birthday for every 1,000 births in a given year. Measures of infant mortality are among the best indicators of general health conditions in a population and are often used to estimate overall morbidity and death rates in countries with incomplete vital statistics records. According to the CDC’s web site (www.cdc.gov): -Over 23,000 infants died in the United States in 2013. The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many families and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families, as well as the nation.
-For every 1,000 babies that are born, six die during their first year. Most of these babies die as a result of-
- Birth defects(http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/facts.html)
- Preterm birth(http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm) (birth before 37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(http://www.cdc.gov/sids/index.htm) (SIDS)
- Maternal complications of pregnancy(http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregcomplications.htm)
- Injuries (e.g., suffocation).
These top five leading causes of infant mortality together accounted for about 57% of all infant deaths in the United States in 2013.