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
A STANDARD OF CARE
We work to ensure you feel supported and confident in your ability to care well for your patients and their families. The process of carrying to term is an emotional one that affects all involved. With this understanding in mind, we help doctors and medical professionals implement a standard plan of care that addresses their patient's unique needs as well as their own professional and emotional 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 is like to be in their situation.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
We want you to have access to the most up-to-date resources available to provide to your patient throughout their pregnancy, which may include: studies about carrying to term, a comprehensive tool to create a birth plan, a blog, and more. We help you support your patient by providing you with in-depth resources.
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.
The carrying to term journey is emotional, and we provide resources to help you navigate every step of the process alongside your network of care including: an interactive birth plan tool, information to help you understand and navigate the months ahead, personal stories from other parents who carried to term, and a blog that addresses the unique experiences parents face following a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition.
EDUCATION AND BEREAVEMENT CARE
Grief is not linear, and it affects everyone in unique ways. We help you advocate for your emotional and physical well-being during your pregnancy, and provide emotional and educational resources 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.
INSIGHT ON CARING WELL
In an effort to care well, we provide insight and educational resources on how to best support someone facing a terminal prenatal diagnosis. We prepare parents’ community of support for each step of the process ahead, so they may better understand what to expect next and how to meet the parents' needs.
It is so important for family and friends to feel supported in their grief as well. The desire to help loved ones is often accompanied by a multitude of questions or feelings of helplessness. We are here to address and help friends and relatives process their emotions during these difficult times.