The loss of a baby is an indescribable shock to the expecting parents, their family and friends.  Local healing musician Amy Robbins-Wilson has just released a collection of music to provide comfort to people during this time of overwhelming grief. This community of parents refers to their lost children as angel babies, so the new CD is called “Angel Baby Lullabies —for those who have lost a child.”

Robbins-Wilson will perform this music live for the first time Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Essex Street in Bangor to benefit Empty Arms Healthcare Charities, an organization supporting local parents who have lost children.

The project began this spring, when Robbins-Wilson was approached by Susannah Pabot, an artist from Brown University, about providing music for her art exhibit called “I Gave You Words/Field of Cradles.” Pabot was creating the exhibit to raise awareness of preeclampsia, which is the sudden onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy. According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, this condition is one of the leading causes of still birth in the United States and, each year, claims the lives of 500,000 infants worldwide.

As the mother of the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Child for Maine, Robbins-Wilson was immediately drawn to the project. Lullabies are, in their essence, music of comfort and healing. They recall memories of love and safety and warmth from our earliest days on earth.

“It’s my hope that parents and families who have lost a child with find a comforting, open and supportive place to mourn their loss,” said Robbins-Wilson.

The art exhibit will be mounted in Boston’s Castle Island Park, shown in conjunction with July 24’s The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. Videos of the art exhibit and music clips can be viewed at AngelBabyLullabies.com. Both the CD and MP3 versions of “Angel Baby Lullabies” are available from Amazon.

Robbins-Wilson is an award-winning and best-selling lullaby singer and is the Lullaby Lady at Lullaby-Link.com, a site that supports parents in singing to their young children. She also is an award-winning author. For more information, visit amyrobbinswilson.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.