It has been an interesting week and life is plodding along.
I am talking tomorrow morning in the Ardhowen Theatre about a group that I want to set up called, Growing A Rainbow. This will be a support group for women who are pregnant after experiencing the death of a baby, either through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. I know what I want it to be, but I do not know how to go about it. I want it to have a physical location firstly; I want it to be more than a group on Facebook (although I have set up a group on Facebook). I want to be able to fundraise for it (I have plans to purchase a sonographer machine for scans) and want to be able to apply for grants for funding. The services on offer will be group and individual Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Life Coaching - covering the past, present, and future. There will also be reflexology and other alternative therapies, and relaxation and meditation classes. I want it to be a support group, but also want it to be more than that. I want to provide literature and studies on the mental health issues which mothers and their families experience and want to get rid of the silence around baby death and maternal mental health.
So, with all this in mind, what structure does it take? Does Growing A Rainbow become a support group, a charity, a foundation, a non-for-profit organisation, a business, a community partnership, or an off-shoot of my own private practice?? I simply do not know. I have tried to pinpoint what is best and there is so much out there, so much that is contradictory, that I cannot figure it out.
The talk tomorrow is to brainstorm with other people in my community what they think would be best. It is also about networking and getting the word out there. I have sat on this idea for a long time and am laying the foundations in the hope that Growing A Rainbow will be up and functioning this time next year. The more I talk about it the bigger it becomes, and I haven't really talked about it in a public forum yet. I am excited about this talk tomorrow. Fingers crossed for me...!