When parents learn that their unborn child has fetal anomalies or genetic disorders that are incompatible with life (previously called fatal fetal diagnosis), or the birthing person's life is in danger the decisions they are faced with are some of the hardest decisions they will ever have to make. Often these decisions involve choosing between carrying to term or compassionately interrupting the pregnancy (also called termination for medical reasons). We will support whichever decision you choose.
The short time spent together saying hello, and goodbye, is something that families will look back on and cherish forever. Making the most of this time is one of the most important things we can do to help parents begin to process their grief. Parents naturally want to nurture, protect, and socialize their baby, and we encourage parents to take all the time they need to do just that. We present opportunities to make memories and care for the newborn in a way grieving parents may not have thought of or thought possible. Most people have a lifetime to make memories, these families have hours or just a few days. The gift of time has been given in this situation to thoughtfully plan the baby’s funeral and make it meaningful and personalized. Instead of a baby shower, a blessingway can be arranged that celebrates the life of the birthing person and baby.
Caring Bridge is a website where you can create your own unique webpage to keep family and friends updated with your baby's journey.
For those who have received a life-limiting diagnosis for their baby, we are pleased to be able to offer a free 4D ultrasound so parents and their families can see the baby in real time. Watching the baby move can help families bond. If baby has any birth defects, this can also be a time to prepare for what baby may look like, which can help relieve some of the fear of the unknown.
Please click here to request information about scheduling a 4D ultrasound.
"You gave me a forever within the numbered days..."
– John Green
He was footprints in the snow.
Not all loves are meant to last.
Some are meant to grace you briefly,
somehow leaving the impression
that the world is just a little bit better
because you had been touched by
something so beautiful it was impossible
– Jacqueline Simon Gunn