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 the Carrying To Term has to offer. 

Sarah Garvey
Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services

READ SARAH'S STORY

 
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WHAT WE OFFER

DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS

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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 create a standard plan of care that addresses your patients’ unique needs.

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A LANGUAGE OF COMPASSION
Communicating with your patients as they experience a terminal prenatal diagnosis is vital. Sarah provides 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, she also offers insight into what it’s like to be in their situation.

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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.

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PARENTS

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PERSONAL SUPPORT
Our foremost goal is to ensure you never feel alone in this process. Sarah provides personal support—either in-person, via email or video chat, or whatever means you are most comfortable with—to address the unique emotions you experience and to lessen any sense of isolation you may feel. She is there to answer questions and listen to your needs every step of the way.

 

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LOGISTICAL ASSISTANCE
So that you may focus on you and your child, Sarah handles 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 supported and informed.

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A DEDICATED ADVOCATE
Grief is not linear, and it affects everyone in unique ways. Sarah provides emotional and educational support throughout the bereavement process. She advocates for your emotional and physical well-being during your pregnancy and following loss.

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FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

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EDUCATION ABOUT THE PROCESS
It is only natural to want to help when a family member or loved one is facing a prenatal terminal diagnosis. Being informed about the process they are going through as they carry to term is an important first step. Sarah educates friends and relatives so they better understand what their loved ones are experiencing, and how they can best offer support

 

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CARE & ADVOCACY TRAINING
We provide training and educational resources on how to best care for someone facing a prenatal or perinatal loss. Sarah prepares parents’ community of support for each step of the process ahead, so they may better understand what to expect next.

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EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
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. Sarah is here to address and help relatives process these emotions during these difficult times.