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Infant mortality rate high in Ouachita Parish

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana's infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the nation and the Department of Health and Hospitals reports that Monroe has the 3rd highest in the state.

"Losing a child is unfathomable. You can't explain the emotions and the feelings and everyday for the rest of your life you're going to wake up and think, I'm supposed to have my child here," says Ashley Miletello.

Miletello lost her baby boy just 12 hours after delivery. She and her mother, Angela, immediately joined the Share support group. A northeast Louisiana organization that serves families that have lost a child in the first year of life.

Saturday, October 13, Share will have a walk and vigil in memory of children that have passed away.

"The moms, the families, the friends will be able to speak their babies' names for everyone to hear, and then we will light a candle," says Angela Miletello, Board of Directors.

The group has helped mothers like Ashley, go through different stages of the grieving process. From the initial shock to the fear of losing another child.

After seven years of support from the Share group, Ashley is happy to say she is pregnant with a healthy little girl.

Join the Miletello family and other at Share's walk in Kiroli Park Saturday at 4pm. The candle light vigil will begin at 6 and all families are welcome to join to honor lost loved ones.

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