For women who have recently lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, Franciscan Health offers support and comfort with our Caring Companions service.
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.
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:
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.
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: