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In July 2015, Christopher Jones, Sr. and Danielle Lewis Jones had their first and only child, Christopher Jones, Jr. “Junior,” as he was affectionally called, 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 who had experienced child loss due to her son being born still, and encouragement from Junior’s dad and Danielle’s then-husband, 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)
*Information retrieved from the CDC’s webpage about infant mortality.
Infant mortality is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday. The infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. In addition to giving us key information about maternal and infant health, the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society. In 2020, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. (See Mortality in the United States, 2020).
Causes of Infant Mortality
Almost 20,000 infants died in the United States in 2020. The five leading causes of infant death in 2020 were:
- Birth defects.
- Preterm birth and low birth weight.
- Sudden infant death syndrome.
- Injuries (e.g., suffocation).
- Maternal pregnancy complications.
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Proud of you girls taking the step to reach out to minister to others
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Amazing women that reach out to other hurting parents that have no one to talk to or turn to. I am so proud of you & this is a need for those hurting and God places you right in the center to help others with all that love you have to give . You are giving birth to a need and ministey that will reach so many.
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Thank you both so much! You mean so much to us and our organization!
Years ago when I lost my baby,(she died in utero via strangulation with her navel cord), I suffered alone. At that time we did not have the transparency that we have now. So I am very proud of Danielle and Chris for reaching out and helping other parents to be transparent about their feelings and hopes and dreams surrounding the death of their child. However, after that God blessed me with two other children and Christopher Jones is my last son (baby).
Thanks so much, Mama! We appreciate your love and support ❤️! And thanks for sharing your story!
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Hello name is Ms. Griffin. I came to your group meeting on 4/25/17 at Joseph Beth book store that I saw on fox 19 that morning. I would like to if possible speak with you briefly about my own personal experience with losing my first and only baby boy on September 10 2015 at 33 wks.
Thanks for reaching out to us! We look forward to connecting with you soon. We are saddened by your loss but we want you to know we are here for you and your family.