Cathi Lammert

Cathi Lammert, R.N.- Executive Director of the National Office of SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. www.nationalshare.org. As a bereaved parent, Cathi combines her personal experience with her education and professional background as an obstetrical nurse. Her son, Christopher Michael lived just 4 days and died due to Hydrops Fetalis, a complication of Rh sensitization. She and her husband Chuck have been involved with Share since 1983, shortly after Christopher's death. Their work began as Share group facilitators for the first group in St. Louis. Cathi became the executive director of National Share in 1992. Her duties include managing the national office, conducting workshops for professionals, clergy, bereaved parents and their families, writing articles/material on perinatal bereavement issues, supporting 80 Share support groups, serving as a resource for professionals and the media and advocating for bereaved parent's rights. The part of her job that touches her most is time spent hands on with bereaved families and their precious babies. She feels the bereaved parents have been her greatest teachers. Some of the highlights of her past few years are: * Brought the Angel of Hope Monument to Ben Rau Garden in Blanchette Park and expanding the site with Cardinal Care walkway * Co-author of Angelic Presence * First President of the National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance PLIDA plida.org * Developed the Share Companion Program allowing volunteers to support families at the time of loss * Interviewed for Lutheran Ministries program , a nationally syndicated program on pregnancy loss and infertility * Participated in the Stillbirth Research Roundtable supported by National Institute of Health * Acted as a consultant and advocate for the passage of MO House Bill 1136 supporting the need for a birth resulting in stillbirth certificate and for proper disposition for early pregnancy losses * Moderated nationwide telecast on loss issues with the national office of Head Start * Executive producer with Stepstone Productions for national video series Grieving in the NICU Mending Broken Hearts When a Baby Dies. For more information, you can e-mail Cathi at: clammert@nationalshare.org Cathi was a guest on the radio show Healing the Grieving Heart with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley, to discuss Finding Help and Hope After Pregnancy Loss. To hear Cathi being interviewed on this show, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley011509.mp3

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Articles:

How to Help a Child After a Younger Sibling Dies, 21 Aug 2009

Father’s Day and Mother’s Day: A Painful Struggle for Bereaved Parents, 20 Jun 2009