With the dedication of its former and current committee members the Miscarriage Association of Ireland has gone from strength to strength, marking its 30th Anniversary in September 2018. New volunteers have come on board over the years and given their much appreciated time and ideas to the Asssociation, helping to make it what it is today. The core supports of telephone, email and meetings continue to be provided.
1988 to 1998
The Association was founded in September 1988 by Hilary Frazer from the southside of Dublin. Hilary left hospital with “nothing” following a miscarriage and she found this so traumatic and heartbreaking that she placed an advertisement in the paper. Stephanie Blandford from the northside of Dublin answered the ad and this was the beginning of the Miscarriage Association of Ireland. Meetings were held in Hilary’s sitting room. She set up a telephone support helpline and managed this herself.
Now The Miscarriage Association of Ireland holds monthly support meetings in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on the first Thursday of every month. The telephone support line is operated by a team of volunteers.
In 1998 The Book of Remembrance was officially launched by Frances Fitzgerald TD in the College of Surgeons. This is an unofficial register for babies lost through Miscarriage. It is a beautiful, leather-bound Book and holds special memories of our precious little babies who only got the opportunity to share our lives for a short time. “Their time was short, yet very precious”.