Support Resources and Organizations
Here's a list of local and national organizations that provide support for women and couples who have experienced early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or newborn loss. If you're the family or friend of the parent who experienced the loss, read these.
SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Support for those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.
National SHARE started an Online Early Pregnancy Loss support group. It's an online chat, happening the 1st Tuesday of each month 8-10pm EST Online-support
Susan Krug is a local photographer, who was mentioned at a meeting, by MIS parents who used her to take remembrance photos of their son.
She also does maternity and newborn photography, so her website is mostly picutres of happy pregnant moms.
If you don't want to see that, just call or email her.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner; photographers will come to a hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session.
A Mom's Peace
A non-profit that discretely supports families with bereavement, burial, and remembrance assistance. They serve all families, regardless of income or religious beliefs.
What's your grief?
wyg is a website covering all types and facets of grief, from coping to theory, kids to adults. Here's a list of menu items from their website:
Books, Movies, and Music, Coping with Grief, Creative Coping, Emotion, For Professionals, Grief Recipe Stories, Grief Theory,
Holidays and Special Days, Kids and Teens, Locating Resources, Memorials and Remembrance, Support Systems, Supporting a Griever,
Types of Grief and Loss, Understanding Grief
Joani Horchler, Facilitator and author of "SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide"
Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake
Prince George's County Office
9500 Arena Drive, Suite 250
Largo MD 20774
This group will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm.
Still Standing Magazine
Surviving child loss and infertility.
March of Dimes, National Capital Area Chapter
Organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality
Many parents find that reading or keeping a blog helps the healing process. March of dimes has a good facility for blogging: blog site
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB), Inc.
Provide parent support for those who have experienced the death of one or more twins or higher multiple birth children at any time from conception through birth, infancy and early childhood.
The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
Support to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age.
Close by me jewelry offers a subtle and unique memorial allowing you to remember your loved one always.
Each piece of cremation jewelry is hand-crafted, containing solidified ashes within wearable jewelry.
Support network for families continuing their pregnancy after a poor or fatal fetal diagnosis.
PLIDA (Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance)
A central place for parents, their concerned relatives and friends, and interested professionals, media, and policy makers to find information on the emotional aspects of pregnancy loss and infant death.
The Kudoboard website allows you build an online memorial for your baby. It's a service with a free basic model, or a one-time charge for unlimited posts. It allows collaboration, personalization, upload of pictures and video, and you can export the content.
An organization on a mission to make sure families know that stillbirth still happens:
"Many stillbirths are preventable. But no one ever tells you *how* to prevent them, until it's already too late.
Families who have lost a child are saying ENOUGH. We are breaking the silence and ensuring that every stillborn baby's life #StillCounts by empowering YOU with the information and tools you need to bring your baby home safe."
Ellie and Evangeline Soap
Soaps handmade with love by two local mothers in honor of their daughters who were stillborn. All proceeds have contributed to others in need through gifts in kind, as part of the bereavement packages of several hospitals, and the placement of a Cuddle Cot and Caring Cradle in two hospitals.
National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review
Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors, and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants, and families. Research shows FIMR is an effective perinatal systems intervention.
Return to zero
RTZ is a valuable resource that has a really good guide for what to do if your baby has died, including if it happened in-utero.
The Sweet Pea Project
The Sweet Pea Project offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby. The site has many resources, and includes a gallery that features artwork and writings from all over the world, created by the parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles of the little ones who are so deeply loved and missed.
Pregnancy after a loss
Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS)
A support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss.
Ending a wanted pregnancy
Ending a Wanted Pregnancy
Sometimes a family is faced with heart-wrenching choices. This group is specifically for parents who need abortion grief support.
Organizations that provide Research and Education about Stillbirth and Loss
First Candle is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Current priorities are to eliminate Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) with programs of research, education and advocacy.
The Star Legacy Foundation
Dedicated to stillbirth research and education.