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June 01, 2021

Open Arms Miscarriage and Infant Loss Support Group

IU Health Arnett Hospital

Open Arms Miscarriage and Infant Loss Support Group

Two nurses from IU Health Arnett are teaming up to lead a support group called Open Arms Miscarriage and Infant Loss. Of the tragedies a parent can endure, perhaps none is more heart wrenching than the loss of a child.

Hittle's family holds up a photo of Brenton

Jen Hittle, a nurse and consultant in Clinical Risk Management, believes in finding the good in every situation. She has made it her mission to spread the word on the importance of safe sleep practices for infants since her son Brenton passed away 2013.

Norkus family photo

Sarah Norkus, a nurse and manager of surgery administration, gave birth to twin boys who each passed away about an hour later in her arms. “I am teaming up with Jen to help others navigate the immeasurable sorrow that comes from losing a baby. We are here to help, as fellow parents who have been through the depths of true sadness and came out the other side forever changed, but able to smile and laugh again.”

Both mothers say the why behind their Facebook page and support group is because they share a passion for helping other parents move through their grief.

The first support group meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 6 – 8 pm in the physician’s lounge of the IU Health Arnett Medical offices located at 2600 Greenbush Street, Lafayette.

The support group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Funding for the support group is being provided by the IU Health Foundation.