At BYDEAU, we strongly believe in helping others and education. We're now working with OAMA (一時媽媽) - Hong Kong’s first non-profit group for miscarriage.
Image by @sickhews from Unsplash
Two of the Founding Partners of OAMA: Marina Watt and Babie Li, experienced miscarriage on their first and/or second pregnancies and they struggled to find information and support that they needed in the community. Through finding each other, and having the ability to talk about their own feelings, they decided to volunteer themselves in setting up Hong Kong's first ever platform - OAMA.
Marina Watts shares her painful and personal story with us.
"When our daughter, Noelle, turned 3 years old, we decided to build a bigger family. We were all so thrilled when i saw a positive sign of 5-week pregnancy, and even started planning home renovations to welcome the new family member. 3 days after this great news, I saw concerning signs of something wrong over the next several days. An O&G doctor confirmed that I would suffer from a miscarriage due to a genetic problem. The world turned upside down for me and my whole family, it was a low point in life where I had to take time off from work to recover physically and mentally. I tried so hard to find information about miscarriage online but was disappointed to find that there was a lack of support groups in Hong Kong that provided support to women suffering from miscarriage. Over time, I gathered myself again and moved forward, joining hands with 2 working partners in setting up Hong Kong's first platform to fill the current service gap and to help local mummies in need to go through this difficult time in life.
It is early days of pregnancy but I am trying to accept this harsh fact in life. I still have hope and I am moving on. I hope all mummies suffering from miscarriage know that you're not alone. "
Image by @beccatapert from Unsplash
Through the OAMA website, they hope to provide an online support function where people can feel safe to open up with other women around. Misconceptions about miscarriage are common in the Hong Kong society as people tend to avoid the topic. Through this platform, they hope that this topic will no longer be a taboo.
As part of this collaboration, proceeds from The Hillary
and The Paige
will benefit OAMA. Hong Kong's first platform to support women and families affected by miscarriage via: Information, Support, Education, De-stress, Counseling, and Empowerment.