Support in Your Area 2016-10-13T17:07:15+00:00

#7If you are a mom who is courageously and cautiously venturing down the road of a subsequent pregnancy after loss and want to connect with others then you have come to the right place. PALS has gathered a list of pregnancy after loss support services worldwide in effort to provide you with a variety of different types of support during your PAL journey.

Here you can find resources for online support and local in person support during PAL by scrolling down this page. If your need for support is immediate there are also resources listed below.

If your situation is life-threatening please dial 911 or your local emergency number.

Crisis & Immediate Concerns

National Suicide Prevention Line – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (United States)
To find a suicide prevention hotline in your country please visit the International Association of Suicide Prevention website at IASP.Info

Postpartum Support International (for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms) – 1-800-944-4773

Online Support

PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support) offers a public and private online Facebook support to moms on their journey through a subsequent pregnancy after a loss. You can follow our public Facebook page Pregnancy After Loss Support and join in the discussion about pregnancy after loss, trying to conceive after loss, and parenting in your first year after a loss or if you prefer a more private forum we welcome you join our private Facebook group Pregnancy After Loss Support Group.

If you need more support outside of what PALS can offer, listed below are other online support forums/groups that PALS endorses.

The MISS Foundation offers online forums and support groups for subsequent pregnancies after a previous loss.

All That Love Can Do offers a closed Facebook Group for families who are trying to conceive, carrying, or raising their Rainbow (the baby that comes after a loss)- ATLCD_Rainbows

BabyCenter.com offers many groups and forums that focus on trying to conceive after a loss and pregnancy after loss.

Bereavement Support

If you need bereavement support and are not currently trying to conceive, pregnant, or parenting after a loss, we recommend the following online support groups and phone support:

The MISS Foundation offers online support groups and forums for a variety of specific situations.

First Candle offers a 24/7 Grief Support Hotline at 1-800-221-7437.

Compassionate Friends offers both local support groups as well as an online support group.

For our Australian families, Bears of Hope offers online support groups for a variety of specific situations.

For those looking for Christian support, Hannah’s Prayer Ministry offers an online community support forum.

Support Groups in Your Area

United States

Alabama

Alaska

Anchorage Area – Parents Reaching Out (Ongoing group assisting grieving parents and partners through miscarriage or any type of pregnancy loss) – Currently meeting in conjunction with the “Forget Me Not Grief Program”) For more information, call Hospice of Anchorage at 907-561-5322 or visit their website, Parents Reaching Out.

Fairbanks – Bereaved Parents’ Support Group, For parents who have experienced the deaths of children.  Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairbanks Public Health Clinic, 1025 W. Barnett.  Contact Jane Smith, 455-6562 for information.

Palmer – The Compassionate Friends have a weekly support group on Thursdays at the Lutheran Church.

Wasilla – TEARS Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Church on the Rock.

 

Arizona

Flagstaff – JLB Project Heart Work Group – Heart Work grief group is facilitated by local psychologist, Dr. Chris Gunn. These free meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM, at the Anna LaBenz Photography Studio (306 E. RT 66). If you would like more information about Heart Work, please email info@jlbproject.org or call 928-774-1487.

Arkansas

California

Loma Linda – Hopeful Journey (A subsequent pregnancy support group) – Walking the path of loss and hope: A group for moms who are pregnant after experiencing the loss of a baby. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Loma Linda University Hospital. Free but phone registration is required, (909) 558-4000 ext. 15958.

Redlands, CA – Face 2 Face Friendship Group, Inland Empire – Meets 1st Sunday each month at Martha Green’s in Redlands, CA. from 1-2pm. Email for more information: Face2FaceInlandEmpire@yahoo.com.

Newport Beach – Pregnancy After Loss Group at the Hoag conference center, meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-8, led by Laura Novarro-Pickens.

San Francisco – Pregnancy After Loss Support Group at Newborn Connections (3698 California St., 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA). Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm. Let by Cherie Golant, LCSW. The group is offered at no charge and on a drop-in basis. Call Newborn Connections at 415-600-2229 or email cpmcnewborn@sutterhealth.org for more information.

San Mateo – HAND – Pregnancy Support Meetings – Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:30pm at Mills Health Center, Palm Room, 100 So. San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401. Parents who are pregnant again after a loss have special emotional and psychological needs. Pregnancy Support Group meetings address the concerns of bereaved parents who have started or are thinking about starting another pregnancy. Fathers are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP is greatly appreciated. Email info@HANDsupport.org or call (650) 367-6993. Drop-ins welcome.

Colorado

Denver – A New Beginnings Support Group: This group is designed for parents who have previously experienced a loss and are in need of some extra support. A free five-week support group provides a safe environment to share thoughts and feelings. Groups are held Tuesday evenings. Participants must sign up 48 hours in advance of the class date, and a minimum of four participants is necessary to proceed with the group. To register for this support group or request more information, please call 303-788-LOSS (5677) or send an e-mail. Please know a facilitator will promptly respond after receiving your message.

Fort Collins – 3 hopeful hearts – Contact Betsy Strafach at Hope@3hopefulhearts.org for more information about available groups and times.

Longmont – Longmont Pregnancy and Infant Loss Group (EMBRACE) – Meets at 6:00pm MST the last Tuesday of every month at Longmont United Hospital. For more information, contact Sue Mathews at 303-485-4224 or email at smattrnc@comcast.net.

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Washington, DC – Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss Group meets monthly (dates vary). Contact Carolyn Mara.

Florida

Fort Meyers – Sweet Child of Mine Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support – Meets  the 4th Wednesday of the month. Contact Lindsay Wood at 239-225-3185 or email lwood1007@gmail.com

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Rockford – The Haven Network – Healing Hearts meeting every third Monday of the month (except December), from 6:30-8:30pm. Meets at 124 N. Water Street, Suite 201, Rockford, IL. For more information, call 815-962-1512 or email info@thehavennetwork.org.

Indiana

Brownsburg –  Hendricks County Angel of Hope Support Group – meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Contact Carole Sutherlin at 317.698.8209.

Iowa

Des Moines – Expecting with Hope – Meets as needed. Contact Teske Drake.

Kansas

Shawnee Mission – Pregnancy After A Loss Group – Meets every second Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, 9100 W 71st St., Shawnee Mission, KS. For more information contact Tricia at 913-632-4223 or tricia.walania@shawneemission.org.

Kentucky

Lexington – Pregnancy & Parenting After Loss Support Group meets from 11:00am – 12:30 noon the first Wednesday of each month at Baptist Health Lexington, 1740 Nicholasville Rd, Building E. Meetings are held in the lower level in the rooms listed above. Free valet parking is available in the attached East Garage. Call (859) 260-6904 or e-mail dmueller@bhsi.com for more information. This group is for anyone who has had a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn death, SIDS OR SUIDS. It is not a therapy group, but a self-help support group. Reservations are not necessary, nor is there a fee. This group is available to you no matter who your doctor is, where you delivered, and regardless of how long it has been since your loss. Each meeting begins with introductions, followed by a topic of discussion and then open sharing. Discussion is not limited to the presentation topic; each meeting includes independent sharing based on concerns and interests expressed by the participants in addition to specific topics. Interaction among the group is encouraged, however, no one is required to participate more than what is comfortable. A Perinatal Bereavement Support Person is at each meeting as the facilitator. Please feel free to attend any meeting.

Louisiana

Maine

Lewiston – Sharing Through Experience – Meets from 7:00-9:00pm, the third Wednesday of Every month at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston Maine. Contact Tammy Brule.

Maryland

Rockville – Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington – Pregnancy After Loss Support Group. Contact jbindeman@greaterwashingtontherapy.com for more information.

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Detroit Lakes/Fargo-Morehead regions – Benton’s Hope – Contact Amy Degerstrom at bentonshope@gmail.com or 218-238-5584.

Edina – Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss Support Group for expectant parents who have had a pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant death. 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5-6:30pm. Call to register: Carol Walvatne 952-924-5708 and Dave Engelstad 952 924-5780

Saint Paul/Minneapolis – Pregnancy after a Loss Group:  The first and third Monday evening of each month.  5-6:30pm.   No charge–open group–start and complete when you choose.  Focus on connecting with this baby–work on relaxation techniques and strategies to be able to do so.    Contact:  Annette Klein RN  United Hospital. Please call before attending  651-241-6206.

Mississippi

Oxford – Empty Cradles – Call Barbara Lowe at 662-801-2166 or email barbaralowe78@me.com for more information.

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

NYC – New York City Pregnancy Loss Support Program  (through the National Council for Jewish Women). Provides one on one telephone peer counseling to any woman in need and referrals to local support groups. For more information contact 646-884-9464 or email plsp@ncjwny.org.

Poughkeepsie NY – HANDS – Meets at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Conference Room A, the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information contact Theresa Robinson or Ann Critelli at 845-483-6683/914-204-9745 or email HANDS.

Suffern – Good Samaritan Perinatal Bereavement Program – Crossroads (subsequent pregnancy after the loss of a baby) & Raising Rainbows Groups meet on a monthly basis. For further information, contact 845-368-5297 or email  Mary Radatovich, MSW or Lee DeNigris, BSW

North Carolina

Charlotte – KinderMourn – See website for group information.

Kernersville – Heartstrings Subsequent Pregnancy Support Group – Modeled after The Heartstrings Method, each cycle of our Subsequent Pregnancy Support Group meets for eight (8) sessions over a four (4) month period.  Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Heartstrings’ office in Kernersville.  Up to three group cycles will be offered each year. Registration is required for Heartstrings Subsequent Pregnancy Support Groups.  If you are interested in support and encouragement as you face a subsequent pregnancy, please contact us at cherit@heartstringssupport.org to register and obtain further group details.

North Dakota

Minot North Dakota – Angel Parents meets at The Village downtown on the last Tuesday of every month from 7-9. Led by Angela Jonely Scott. Group focuses on all around support after the loss of a child, pregnancy after loss included. Facebook page Balloons for Babies.

Ohio

Independence – Cornerstone of Hope – Meets Saturday mornings from 9:00-11:00am. For more information, call 216.524.HOPE(4673) or email nicole@cornerstoneofhope.org

Oklahoma

Oregon

Portland – Brief Encounters – Parents of subsequent pregnancies (adoptions & parents trying to conceive) meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Contact 503-699-3376 for more information.

Salem – Willamette Valley Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group. Meets the second Thursday evening of each month. Contact: Annie Willems at annie@salembirthsupport.com or (503)510-0417.

Pennsylvania

Camp Hill – Child of my Heart Support Group – Holy Spirit Health System offers a free support group for those who have experienced miscarriage, pregnancy loss, or the death of a child. “Child of My Heart” meets on the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The support group is led by a nurse practitioner from Holy Spirit Hospital’s Behavioral Health department. For more information or to register to attend, please call 717-763-2279.

Harrisburg – Rainbows: Pregnancy After Loss Support Group – Rainbows provides parent support to families who have had pregnancy losses and are considering becoming pregnant again, are currently pregnant, or have recently given birth. Rainbows meets on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Rehab Building at Pinnacle Health Community Campus, second floor Conference Room. There is no registration required and no fee to attend these support groups. For more information, please contact: Marianne Allen (717) 782-5906 or Carole Brtalik (717) 221-6268.

Philadelphia – UNITE. Lankenau Hospital, Subsequent Pregnancies. Meets once a month. Free. Contact Gerri Wismer at geewis46@gmail.com.

State College – HEART of Central PA – This is a seven-week program that is held twice each year and is for parents/couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, still birth or early infant death. The group is led by a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and loss, and a certified spiritual director, celebrant and former group participant. The next program will be offered in Spring 2015, every Monday from March 23rd – May 4th, 6:30-8:00pm, at CHOICES, 2214 N. Atherton Street Upper Level, State College, PA 16801. For more information, please email info@heartofcpa.org.

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Columbia – Naomi’s Circle – Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:45pm. Contact Kristi Bothur at naomiscircle@gmail.com for more information.

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Houston – H.A.N.D (Houston’s Aid in Neonatal Death) is a parent led support group that offers monthly meetings, a support line and both a public and private FB forum. H.A.N.D meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at 6:30 at Chapelwood Methodist Church in Houston. For more information, please contact H.A.N.D at 832-752-1919 or info@hand.net. See their website (www.hand.net) for more information. Private Facebook forum: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HAND-Houstons-Aid-in-Neonatal-Death

Tyler – Glory Babies – Meets every 3rd Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm at their temporary location: 4:13 Center for Change, 5800 Eagles Nest Blvd. Ste. 413, Tyler, TX 75703 – Glory Babies is a safe place to come to share when grieving the loss of a baby. In a culture that doesn’t do grief well, we desire to walk alongside those who are looking for encouragement and support. The group is small and intimate. Anyone touched by the loss of a baby is welcome to join us including, parents, grandparents and friends. We meet in the little red brick house next to The Children’s Park. If you would like someone to contact you, please call 903-939-1597.

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Gainesville – Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support Group – a free support group for moms who are pregnant again father the loss of a baby through miscarriage, infant death, stillbirth, and SIDS. Meets once a month. For more information contact Carolyn Mara at 703-754-5836 or email carolynmarava@comcast.net.

Richmond – Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss (MISS Foundation) USA, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Contact Amy at: amy.mercurio@missfoundation.org. Group meets the first Tuesday of each month.

Washington

Seattle – Pregnancy After Loss Support Group – Meets at Children’s Hospital, 7:30 p.m. First Wednesday. Rm RC.3.905 or RC.3.906, River Entrance. Contact: Jennifer Howard Kicinski at jhowardkicinski@yahoo.com or 206-227-2207.

Seattle – The Pregnancy After Loss group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Seattle Children’s Hospital. More details here: Seattle Children’s Support Groups

West Virginia

Lewisburg – Angel Talk. Meets monthly. Contact Ruth Caruthers at: angeltalkgroup@gmail.com.

Wisconsin

Dodgeville – Babies Gone Too Soon Support Group – Meeting times are variable. Contact babiesgonetoosoon@gmail.com.

Madison – Tuesdays from 10-11:30am and every 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-5:30pm
Cost: first meeting is FREE (always free to The Rainbow Sisters, LLC clients or with Sisters membership a $20, one-time fee for unlimited meetings and access to lending library) contact therainbowsistersllc@gmail.com or visit their website at www.therainbowsisters.com.

Wyoming

 

International

Australia

Sydney – PALs group. All meetings are held at Stormanston House, 27 McLaren Street, North Sydney at no cost to participants. We are planning a new group and would welcome inquires from any one who is interested. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PregnancyAfterLossGroupsPaLs/info

Please contact Deb at peterbarr@bigpond.com or
Belinda at belinda_power@bigpond.com.au

 

Canada

Alberta, Fort Saskatchewan – Subsequent pregnancy meetings are held on the second Sunday of every month *Meeting dates may change in the event of a long weekend or holiday. **CONTACT LORI-ANN FOR MEETING LOCATION** (780)998-5595 ext. 225 or (780)964-7464 to register.

Ontario – PAIL Network, offers one on one phone support and support groups for those who have experience a pregnancy or infant loss and are going through a subsequent pregnancy.  To find out more click on the website link and fill out an intake form.

 

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