The Role of a Bereavement Doula, and How They Can Help

Carrying To Term was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with Laura Ricketts, a birth and bereavement doula, about the importance of bereavement doulas, both for families and as contributors to a care team. After navigating personal experiences with loss, Laura turned her pain into purpose and began to serve other grieving families as a doula.

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The Role of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and How They Can Help

Carrying To Term was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with Elaine Cavazos, a Licensed Clinic Social Worker, about the importance of social workers, both for families and as contributors to a care team. Elaine has dedicated her career to serving families who are navigating the worst experiences of their life, and her insight, compassion, and dedication shine through her words.

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Life-Limiting: Understanding the Terminology

When navigating a prenatal diagnosis, whether you are the parent, the provider, or the network of support, clarity is critical for feeling fully informed, equipped, and supported. Carrying To Term believes that clear, compassionate, and easy to understand language has the power to shape how parents process a diagnosis, make fully informed choices, and cope following diagnosis, throughout pregnancy, and in life after loss.

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Informed Choice

Following a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, the decision to carry a pregnancy to term is often accompanied by a range of questions and emotions. The way the diagnosis, pregnancy continuation and pregnancy termination options, and a plan of care are communicated has the power to sway a patient’s decisions and their ability to navigate and grieve their circumstances.

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For Friends and Family: Supporting Parents During the Holiday Season

For parents facing a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and for parents grieving the loss of their baby, the holiday season can be complicated. Parents may feel a heightened sense of grief as they balance the holidays and the realities of their impending loss or the complicated emotions that come with grieving a baby.

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Four Years After My Losses: A Personal Message From Sarah Garvey

This week, the blog is going to be more personal than usual. While each post I write comes from the deeply personal place that shares in your pain as parents, or the place that has been a friend or family member supporting a grieving parent, or the place that has been a patient and cared deeply for her medical professionals, I do not often talk about my own story on this blog. This week, I cannot imagine sharing anything with you other than my own words about my own losses and what this experience is like for my family now.

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Grandparents Day: Acknowledging Grieving Grandparents

Grandparents feel the impact of a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition intensely. Grandparents face a unique and profound grief that starts the moment they learn of their grandchild's diagnosis, and like the parents, they grieve for the baby and the life he or she will never have. However, grandparents also have the compounded grief that comes with watching their own child suffer an unimaginable loss.

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Agency and Voice: How To Advocate well

Agency is the ability or capacity a person has to act within a given environment or set of circumstances. That ability or capacity is completely unique and personal to each individual, and every person has control over their own agency. However, it is important to recognize that a person's perception of their own agency is often determined or affected by the environment or set of circumstances they are experiencing.

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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.

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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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