Helping Mothers Through the Pain of Losing a Child
Stillbirth (the loss of a child during the last 20 weeks of pregnancy), miscarriage (the loss of a child during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy) or neonatal death are tragic events for a family. The grief of a pregnancy loss can also raise the risk of postpartum depression in the mother. At Franciscan Health, we go beyond medical treatment to help the family heal during this difficult time.
Caring Companions support grieving parents
Offered at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Caring Companions are mothers who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. These women feel called to share their experiences and bring comfort to other parents going through pregnancy loss. Caring Companions are not nurses. They are trained volunteers certified as RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) caregivers. There is no fee for their time and services, which include:
- Making mementos and taking pictures of your precious baby
- Providing information to your questions
- Providing support to you and your family
To speak with a counselor, call (317) 528-5199. Please leave your name and number and the best time for the counselor to return your call.
Ways to cope with a pregnancy loss
People cope with grief in different ways. Some benefit from our free, parent support groups. These groups typically meet monthly and are open to parents at any time – no matter when their loss was experienced. Talk to your health care provider about Franciscan Health support groups in your area.
Other things that can help you through the mourning are to:
- Pay attention to your health. Eat and sleep well so your body stays strong.
- Find ways to express your feelings. Talking to family and friends, joining a support group and keeping a journal are some ways to express grief.
- Educate yourself. Learning about the problem, what you might be able to do, and how other people have coped can help you.
- Give yourself time to heal. Grieving is a process. Accept that it will take time to feel better.