Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources

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Angel Names Association

Angel Names Association (ANA) is a non-profit, charitable organization based out of New York that provides a wide variety of services to individuals and families who’ve experienced stillbirth. Their programs also support those who’ve experienced pregnancy loss or infant death.

Services offered, though are not limited to (must be a US resident):

  • support for families and care providers
  • financial assistance for end-of-life expenses
  • grief education programs
  • memory boxes
  • raising money for stillbirth research

Angel Whispers Baby Loss Support Program

This Alberta based program inspires hope and healing and offers compassion and understanding to families devastated by the loss of a baby.

Services offered, though are not limited to:

  • care packages (sent internationally)
  • one on one grief support
  • monthly baby loss support group
  • monthly miscarriage support group
  • monthly subsequent pregnancy support group
  • quarterly newsletter
  • annual grief retreat

Bridget’s Cradles

Bridget’s Cradles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that donates cradles to hospitals in all fifty states across the United States. Based in Wichita, Kansas, it was created following the birth of Matt and Ashley Opliger’s stillborn daughter, Bridget Faith.

This organization designs, creates, and distributes knit and crocheted cradles to hospitals across the United States, which provide a comforting way for bereaved families to hold their stillborn babies following delivery. These beautiful handmade pieces allow the baby to be cuddled gently in a cradle and provide opportunity for photographs and memories to be captured in a comforting and dignified way.

Bridget’s Cradles also leads Christ-centred support groups, called Hope Gatherings,bothonline and in person at their headquarters in Kansas. Annually on October 15, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, they organize an event called Wave of Light for families grieving their baby in Heaven. Bridget’s Cradles also provides hope-filled resources and support on their website, including but not limited to:

  • memorial ideas for honouring a baby in Heaven
  • pregnancy loss quotes and Bible verses
  • ways to navigate and celebrate important dates and holidays (e.g., due date, Heaven Day, Christmas)
  • ideas on how to support a friend or family member who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth, Inc. (CLIMB)

CLIMB is a non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, that serves families in any country who have experienced the death of one or more of their twin or higher-order multiple-birth children. It is a group of parents who have experienced the loss of one or more multiples, from the time of conception through childhood, and aim to share their stories to support and educate others on the realities and impacts of losses in multiple birth.

Services offered, though are not limited to:

  • parent contact list
  • sharing of stories and experiences
  • education for relatives, friends, and health professionals
  • newsletter
  • Facebook support group for members

Empty Arms

This non-profit organization, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, supports individuals and families experiencing grief following the death of a child. This includes individuals who’ve experienced the death of a child during pregnancy or after, up to children the age of six.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • neonatal end-of-life services
  • online and in-person support groups
  • in-hospital service support
  • remembrance and photography keepsakes
  • emotion and grief support
  • postpartum support
  • lactation support

Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS)

This non-profit organization, based out of Minnesota, provides support and education to individuals and families from the time knowledge is gained about the death of the baby, through to the funeral service.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • IRIS advocacy program
  • bereavement support packets
  • clothing sets
  • common burial site options
  • annual service of remembrance

Molly Bears

This organization was created following the loss of Molly Christine. Her mother, Bridget, aims to support other grieving families by making weighted bears that equal the weight of the baby lost. Order forms are available on a monthly basis, and requests can be made for the creation of your Molly Bear, worldwide. See website for pricing.

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND)

MEND is a Christian-based non-profit organization that is located in Texas. They offer support to those families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss and empower individuals to create a legacy from their children’s lives.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • bi-monthly magazine
  • commemorative ceremonies
  • virtual support groups
  • resources to support the grieving journey

Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care

This is a clearinghouse of information about perinatal hospice and palliative care for parents and caregivers, including health professionals.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • resources to support parents on their journey
  • educational resources and content
  • professional networking
  • national and international listings providing perinatal hospice and palliative care
  • families’ stories

Return to Zero: HOPE

This is a national non-profit organization based out of California. RTZ: HOPE aims to support the healing of families following PAIL while also creating a global impact by transforming the culture and stigma that currently exists around PAIL.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • support to parents, friends, family, and healthcare providers
  • holistic healing retreats
  • educational materials and training
  • advocacy support
  • online community

The Haven Network

An independent Christian ministry located in Northern Illinois, this perinatal hospice and bereavement center supports families who have experienced the death of a baby through ectopic pregnancy, SIDS, stillbirth, or miscarriage. In addition to these families, they also provide support to families who are facing a terminal diagnosis of their unborn or newborn child.

Services offered include, though are not limited to:

  • bereavement materials
  • books on newborn loss and grief
  • in-hospital services
  • hospice care
  • grief support
  • professional resources
  • resource lists
  • jewellery and memorial
  • children support services
  • financial resources