Perinatal Hospice

Perinatal hospice provides families who have received the devastating news of a life-limiting diagnosis hope in their darkest hour. Our birth and bereavement comfort companions have been trained and certified in the careful beauty that is required to support families who are preparing to say goodbye to their baby. Our comfort companions walk alongside during the remainder of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, building a lasting, supportive relationship that can help the grieving and healing process immensely. Perinatal hospice also provides the opportunity to make irreplaceable memories and mementos of this precious child including photography, footprints and handprints, capturing a lock of hair, dressing baby with a special gown designed specifically for that child, bathing baby, and so much more. Our comfort companions provide support, knowledge, resources and love throughout the relationship and serve as a vessel to provide information regarding options a family may have during their time with their child and an advocate for your experience. They provide a shoulder for family members to lean on and a validating, safe space to express your feelings – whatever they may be. This is your journey; HEALing Embrace would be honored to accompany you through it.

What you will receive with our perinatal hospice service:

  • For as much or as little as you decide is right for your family, we offer a birth and bereavement companion to walk alongside you and your family throughout the remainder of your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time. Your comfort companion can accompany you to appointments, tests, visit in your home, and any time that you feel you need more support.
  • Assist you with clarity of mind when it comes to advocacy and options for you and your family, as often it is hard to think of questions or different options when you are grieving.
  • Many memory making opportunities through pregnancy and after birth. HEALing Embrace can provide maternity photos for these special families, as well as photos during the moments after birth. Other memory making possibilities include, but are not limited to: handprint/footprint molds, belly casts, handprints and footprints, beautiful gowns created specifically for your child, and help with bathing and dressing your baby.
  • Each perinatal hospice family will receive a care package to help them embrace their time with their child. It is full of resources and memory making gifts to treasure your time together forever.
  • In addition to our healing care package, each perinatal hospice family will receive one of our weighted Birth Day Bears, lovingly made to weigh exactly what your child weighed.

If you would like more information on what this service offers or to be connected with one of our HEALing Embrace comfort companions, please visit our contact page and let us know how we can help you during this time.

If you are currently expecting, and your baby has received a life-limiting diagnosis, please request a copy of the book, A Gift of Time, from us from the Gifts that Heal in the special instructions section of the order form. Let us know you are carrying a baby with a life-limiting diagnosis. We highly recommend this comprehensive resources for parents facing decisions after a fatal diagnosis. 

*”A Gift of Time” is available for a $5.00 shipping charge. 

Sarah Taylor’s testimony of Perinatal Hospice

When we found out our daughter, Eva’s, diagnosis we were shocked, sad, confused, hurt, and had no idea what to expect. A friend of mine told me to contact HEALing Embrace. I sent an email and Jennifer got back to me and we set a time to meet up. I had no idea what to even say to her but I knew I needed support. When she got there she made me feel so comfortable and cared about. I told her what we knew about our daughter and how we had no idea what to expect. She told me many scenarios of things that could happen. She gave me books and pamphlets to read to help us through our next few months. She told us about the services HEALing Embrace offers. She showed us pictures they could help us take, clothes we could dress Eva in, and mementos we could make to remember her by. 

It was all such a blur that day since we were still trying to comprehend what was going on. When I finally felt ready, I started to read the books she gave me and started to make plans for meeting our daughter. I got so much comfort from knowing my options, knowing I wasn’t alone, and having time to prepare for her arrival. Once it got closer to my due date I asked Jennifer if she would come with me to my doctors appointments. I wanted to make sure I asked all the questions I wanted to ask. I also really enjoyed her support and positive attitude. 

When I went into labor she was there with me. She came and helped me with everything I had brought, and she brought even more things to help us remember our daughter. She brought people with her to help me take all the pictures I wanted. She stayed with me the whole 18hours I was in labor, over night, till she was born. She comforted us and our families. She helped us give her a bath, put a diaper on her, and swaddle her. Eva lived an amazing 2 hours and 15 minutes and was never in any pain. Her whole life was filled with so much love! When we were ready Jennifer helped us get her dressed in clothes and hats, make hand and foot prints, take many pictures, get a lock of her hair, and contact the organ donation team. While the organ donation team had her, she set up the CuddleCot she brought so Eva could stay in our room over night. Jennifer was with us 28 hours all together! What an amazingly selfless gift. She spent all that time away from her own family to be with us in one of the most difficult times in our lives. We can’t thank her enough. 

She also came to Eva’s graveside service and brought us a weighted bear! She has kept in contact with us while we have been going through the grieving process. We have been included in their events even if we couldn’t be there in person. There is no end to the amount of love and compassion she has shown us. We are so thankful to have her in our lives! 

How Perinatal Hospice Provides Hope for “Hopeless” Pregnancies

On an unseasonably warm February day, the NFA conference room is full. Seated around the large table with the NFA team are six beautiful women who have known a common heartache: infant and pregnancy loss.

These women are on a mission: to share their stories of loss with legislators, so that others who face the same heartache might have easier access to the available resources of perinatal hospice care.

Contact us about getting Perinatal Hospice care.

 

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