In October, we had the opportunity to attend our first International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in St. Louis. The experience was well worth the trip as we were able to share our mission with bereavement staff from hospitals across the country. As a result, we now have more than thirty new hospitals who are interested in providing our plates. These hospitals are on our waiting list and we hope to begin partnering with these new facilities as funding becomes available.
The conference also gave us the opportunity to connect with other organizations in the bereavement community and to discover many new resources for families who have experienced pregnancy, infant or child loss. Like Mamie’s, many of these organizations were created after the loss of a baby or child.
We gathered information on many of these organizations and wanted to share. Listed below are a few websites, blogs, and non-profits that share our mission of providing support for families who experience a loss. At a time when you may feel alone, it’s comforting to know that these resources are available.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – volunteer photographers who capture black and white portraits in the hospital of babies and families.
Count the Kicks – Track your baby’s movement with the free Count the Kicks app or download a Count the Kicks chart
Sharing Solace – two-piece lockets for grieving moms. Moms keep the inner locket and pass along the outer locket to another grieving mom.
Early Pregnancy Loss Association – physical, emotional, educational and financial support for families who experience early pregnancy loss.
Carrying to Term – online support, resources and tools for women and families who are facing a terminal prenatal diagnosis.
Samuels Lullaby – baskets of hope and comfort for moms who suffer the loss of an infant to stillbirth.
Return to Zero – online resources for parents and health care providers related to perinatal loss. They also hold retreats for bereaved moms.
M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) – a nationwide Christian non-profit that provides support services to families who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. M.E.N.D. offers a variety of resources at no cost to families including peer-led support groups, online support groups, brochures and resources, and remembrance ceremonies and family events.
Beats for Bristol, Inc. – fetal doppler rental program for women who’ve experienced pregnancy or infant loss, are in high-risk pregnancies or have received a fatal fetal diagnosis.
PALS- Pregnancy After Loss Support – supporting the mom pregnant again after loss through awareness, advocacy, connection, and education. They provide an online magazine, peer-to-peer support, and resources for health professionals
Share – The mission of Share is to serve those touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or during the first few months of life. Share provides emotional, physical, spiritual and social support for families. It also offers educational opportunities and resources to caregivers.
Forget Me Not Foundation – dedicated to pregnancy loss and newborn death awareness, support and education
Cuddle Cots – A cuddle cot is a cooling system that preserves stillborn babies to give parents more time with their babies after they are born.
Holy Sews – Holy Sews provides handmade infant burial clothing for families that experience the loss of their baby during gestational weeks 16-25.
Hand to Hold – Hand to Hold provides educational resources for parents of preemies, babies born with special needs and those who have experienced loss. Some of their most popular resources include, “Grieving Together as a Family”, “Navigating the NICU” and “Finding a Balance Between NICU and Home”. Hand to Hold also connects parents with peers to help them in their journey.
Expecting Sunshine – book by author Alexis Marie Chute. Expecting Sunshine is a memoir about a journey of grief, healing and pregnancy after loss.
INJOY Health – Guide and mobile app to learn more about grief, find support resources and watch video stories from other parents who’ve experienced loss.
Loved Baby– Daily Devotionals by author Sarah Philpott to help you grieve and cherish your child after pregnancy loss
Mamie’s Poppy Plates – provides keepsake plates for parents who experience stillbirth, infant or child loss. Each plate is hand-painted and has the baby’s name, birthdate, and hand and footprints.