Infancy loss support
Whether you have experienced a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or the loss of an older infant or child, Novant Health Triad Obstetrics & Gynecology is here for you. We strive to provide both the medical care and the emotional support you need.
Our team of providers have been trained in Hope in Health Care. This approach encourages your provider to ask questions and understand the role of spirituality in your life, and then to help you use that as a basis for support and hope for the future. We understand that spirituality is different for every patient; we work to learn what it means to you and how it can help you make sense of and cope with diagnoses and unexpected events.
Our office is also actively involved in and supportive of Heartstrings, a local organization dedicated to supporting parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss or the loss of a child. This group provides support groups, counseling resources and other community events.
Be Not Afraid is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and support for parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis and are carrying to term. Read stories from other parents and find support resources.
Parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and are considering carrying to term or who have already made the decision can look to perinatal hospice for support for both themselves and their babies. This model of care allows parents to look to their babies to develop and modify a plan of medical and emotional care.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is an international network of photographers who provide free remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby.
Caringbridge is a free service that offers websites, free of charge and of advertisements, to families wishing to keep others informed of their health journey. You can build one of these sites for your unborn child or infant.
All That Love Can Do offers support for families who choose to continue pregnancies after a fatal diagnosis. Read stories from other parents and share ways to honor your child.
For grieving parents looking for something physical to hold, MollyBears is the answer. This organization creates bears as remembrances of angel babies, each designed to weight exactly as much as the baby it honors.
Parents seeking support, encouragement or understanding after the death of a child or a difficult prenatal diagnosis can find a network of support and shared stories at Carrying an Angel.
Still Standing Magazine is an online publication that supports both parents who have experienced infant loss and those dealing with infertility.
Guidance, compassion and practical suggestions for parents making plans after a prenatal diagnosis can be found at String of Pearls. Professionals here will help you create a birth plan that considers your wishes for care as well as for the care of your baby.
The following books are some of our most cherished resources for helping parents dealing with pregnancy and infant loss:
- A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life is Expected to Be Brief. By Amy Kuebelbeck and Deborah L. Davis, PhD.
- Waiting for Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life.
- Audrey Bunny. By Angie Smith.
- Unexpected Goodbye: When Your Baby Dies. By Angela Rodman.
- I Will Carry You. By Angie Smith
- When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
- A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss. By Jerry Sittser.
- Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby. By Deborah L. Davis, PhD.
- Gift of a Lifetime.