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Jane’s Story

On July 6, 2011, we found out that our lives would be forever changed. We were going to have a baby. Since before marriage we were looking forward to having children together and our first, much to our surprise, was going to be a girl. Berkley was ecstatic that she would be able to utilize her favorite color, pink, in every aspect of this little girls’ life, swearing that it would be the baby’s favorite color too.  

Pregnancy was fairly easy for Berkley, minus the general fatigue and backaches here and there. She truly enjoyed being pregnant, but also could not wait to meet our little girl. We had started to get everything ready and set for her eventual arrival. The clothes and blankets were washed and folded in the laundry room, the crib and dresser had arrived, and we were getting more and more excited. However, on January 24, 2012 everything changed.

Berkley had felt a lack of movement from the baby. She called the doctor who told her to come in for a quick check and monitor of the baby. Feeling a little relief, we headed to the hospital. Once we got back to the room, the nurse squirted the jelly on Berkley’s 32 ½ week pregnant belly and then there was silence. She frantically moved the doppler all around, waiting for the sound of the baby’s heart. Nothing. Doctors and nurses came in with an ultrasound machine and confirmed what they already knew, our baby had died.

We chose to be admitted and induced labor immediately. 19 hours later, on January 25, 2012 at 7:24pm, Jane Berkley Wellstein was born still. She had her father’s facial features, blonde hair, and her mother’s fingers and toes. She was beautiful. 

While we are still and always will be devastated by our loss, we feel blessed by the 32 ½ weeks of pregnancy and hours we were able to hold our baby girl.   

It is our goal to keep Jane’s memory alive and to help make a difference for grieving families in our community.  It is with and through the love and support of our family, friends, doctors and incredible nurse’s, that we made it through these most difficult days of our life. 

Our Mission

 

Established in loving memory of our baby daughter Jane, the Jane B. Wellstein Memorial Fund provides philanthropic support to hospitals and organizations that offer comfort, supportive care services, and other essential resources to parents and families who have experienced an infant loss. 

 

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Jane's Pink Party

 

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Jane's Pink Party 2013

The 1st annual Jane's Pink Party was held on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at Gallery 1028 in Chicago, IL. Our first fundraising effort was a tremendous success and all proceeds will go toward supporting our goal of moving the Jane's Room concept to other hospitals within our community. Thank you so much for your generosity and support, we were able to raise over $60,000.00 during the event!!

 

Photos from the Pink Party 2013 - Click the smaller thumbnails to enlarge each photo

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Our Projects

Jane's Room Project - 2014

We are very excited to announce that our 2nd Jane's Room project is in the works.  After meeting with and getting interest from numerous hospitals in the Chicagoland area, we have decided to partner with Rush University Medical Center.  Jane's Room will be located on the labor and delivery floor of the hospital and will serve as a private space for parents and families who are experiencing labor difficulties or an infant loss.  While we have identified the space, we are currently working with Rush's design team, nurses and management to create the overall feel and look of the room. We are expecting to dedicate this room in March of 2014!

Jane's Room Project - 2013

We are excited to announce that the first Jane's Room project was dedicated at Northwestern's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago on January 25th, 2013.  Jane's Room is a private space located on the Labor & Delivery floor at Prentice Women's Hospital.  After the loss of our baby daughter Jane at PWH, we came away with a desire to support PWH and their staff for the amazing support given and hope provided to us during our time at the hospital.  When first meeting with their team, we told them we were interested in making an impact.  After numerous meetings, they came back to us with the idea of Jane's Room, a private and comfortable space to support grieving parents and families.  The idea was a home run and we look forward to supporting additional Jane's Room's within our community and potentially around the country.

Here are a few pictures of the finished Jane's Room at PWH, and a picture of the Wellstein and Welles family who attended the dedication.

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Contact Us

 Thank you for visiting Jane's website - We appreciate all of your support!

  • Do you have general questions about our fund and/or the types of projects we support?
  • Are you a hospital or organization interested in speaking with us regarding a potential project?
  • Are you interested in sponsoring one of our upcoming events?

If so, please contact us via email at contact@janebwellstein.org and we will respond in a timely manner.