A NOTE FROM SARAH
It is truly one of the greatest and most humbling privileges to support families facing a terminal prenatal diagnosis, their communities, and the professionals walking alongside them. In a period of three years, my husband and I experienced infertility, three miscarriages, the birth and loss of triplets, and the premature birth of our daughter. Sharing my story is not always easy, but I believe in the power of connection and lessening the isolation that other grieving parents feel. After my journey through pregnancy and infant loss, I never thought I would be able to breathe again let alone find a love and passion for helping other families facing loss and bereavement. That mission is the legacy my children leave behind, and it is my deepest hope that you find connection, support, education, and empowerment through all Carrying To Term has to offer.
Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services
READ SARAH'S STORY
WHAT WE OFFER
DOCTORS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCES FOR BEREAVEMENT CARE
We work to ensure you feel supported and confident in your ability to care well for your patients and their families. This may include everything from providing resources and studies about carrying to term, to helping you implement a standard plan of care that addresses your patients’ unique needs.
A LANGUAGE OF COMPASSION
Communicating with your patients as they experience a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is vital. We provide language that is specific to this type of loss in order to help you deliver the information they need in a compassionate, supportive way. To foster better care through understanding, we also offer insight into what it’s like to be in their situation.
SUPPORT THROUGH SELF-CARE
The process of carrying to term is an emotional one that affects all involved, including doctors caring for patients. With this understanding in mind, we address the very specific mental and emotional needs of medical professionals. We believe their well-being is not to be overlooked.
Our foremost goal is to ensure you never feel alone in this process. We provide individualized support to answer questions, address the unique emotions you experience, and to lessen any sense of isolation you may feel.
So that you may focus on you and your baby, we handle any necessary logistics, such as setting up appointments, processing medical information you receive from your doctors, and ensuring the wishes on your birth plan are followed. This process is personalized so that you have the resources you need to feel informed and supported.
A DEDICATED ADVOCATE
Grief is not linear, and it affects everyone in unique ways. We advocate for your emotional and physical well-being during your pregnancy, and provide emotional and educational support throughout the bereavement period that follows.
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
EDUCATION ABOUT THE PROCESS
It is only natural to want to help when a family member or loved one is facing a life-limiting condition. Being informed about the process they are going through as they carry to term is an important first step. We educate friends and relatives so they better understand what their loved ones are experiencing.
CARE & ADVOCACY TRAINING
In an effort to care well, we provide training and educational resources on how to best support someone facing a prenatal or perinatal loss. We prepare parents’ community of support for each step of the process ahead, so they may better understand what to expect next.
It is so important for family and friends to feel supported in their grief as well. The desire to help loved ones is often also accompanied by a multitude of questions or feelings of helplessness. We are here to address and help friends and relatives process these emotions during these difficult times.