Pregnancy After Loss: A Friend and Relative's Guide

Friends and relatives, you play an important role in the lives of grieving parents. You helped lessen a parent's isolation by being listening ears and shoulders to cry on. You have brought meals, run errands, helped with children, and navigated life's logistics with your grieving friend or relative. These acts of support have been invaluable during their pregnancy and loss. Just as you were valuable and needed during those experiences, you have a support role to play in your friend or relative's pregnancy after loss.

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Pregnancy After Loss: A Parent's Guide

After experiencing a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and the loss of your precious baby, the idea of another pregnancy can bring a mix of emotions. Whether you are just beginning to consider expanding your family or you are currently walking through a pregnancy, we are here to help you navigate the complexities and unique needs of pregnancy after loss.

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Pregnancy After Loss: A Doctor's Guide

For families who have experienced the loss of a child to a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, pregnancy can never be the same. As different as this new pregnancy may be, the two pregnancies are intertwined. The experience they had before of receiving a diagnosis, carrying that pregnancy to term, delivering their child, and then saying goodbye to that baby affects everything.

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How to Include Dads in Pregnancy and Childbirth

As medical professionals supporting a family who has chosen to continue a pregnancy despite a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, your primary patient is the mother. Her needs- both physical and emotional- are the primary focus during pregnancy and childbirth, followed by the needs of the baby. Though the father is not the patient, he is an important part of a family's carrying to term experience.

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A Father's Insight: Andy Schoonover

For the month of June, I have the beautiful privilege and opportunity to dedicate this blog to the experiences and grief of fathers who walk the carrying to term and infant loss journey. I have had the true and humbling chance to witness the achingly beautiful, powerful, and gut-wrenching affects infant loss has on husbands and fathers. I have a profound respect for the men I have seen rise up in the face of unbelievable suffering and tragedy.

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Legacy: The Why Behind the Desire And The Importance Of It

In order to understand why parents who lose a baby desire to create a legacy on behalf of that baby, you first have to understand what a legacy is. A legacy is something handed down from the past. Essentially, it is what is left after someone passes away. When parents lose a baby during pregnancy or in infancy, what is left?

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Changing the Standard of Care

At Carrying To Term, we highly value the expertise, innovation, and passion of medical professionals. In our work, we have come across incredible doctors, nurses, midwives, social workers, chaplains, and therapists who are constantly striving to improve the standard of care received by parents facing a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition.

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