What is a Bereavement Doula?
A bereavement doula is a professionally trained person who provides emotional support to mothers and families through the many aspects of pregnancy loss during or after any gestation. The support received is similar in nature to the support received from a labor doula; however, support through pregnancy loss is more complex and specialized.
As a bereavement doula, I will be with you prior to, during, and after the birth of a baby who has been miscarried, stillborn, or is not expected to live. A key area of support is helping a family say hello to their baby despite having to say goodbye.
Bereavement Doula Services:
As a Bereavement Doula, I am trained to provide the most loving support and care to you during any trimester of pregnancy, with any birth outcome. I am qualified to provide support in situations of fertility struggle, miscarriage, chemical pregnancy, blighted ovum, ectopic pregnancy, fatal diagnosis, carrying to term, diagnosis/anticipatory grief, rainbow/live birth, elective abortion, twins and multiples, NICU care and more.
While payment is not expected for you to receive bereavement support, your donations are encouraged to keep my work sustainable.
- Family preparation to include birth education and coping plans.
- Logistical and birth planning for miscarriage, birth at home, hospital admission and birth, memorial/funeral services, returning to work, home stabilization, and more.
- Comfort measures during the labor and birth process.
- After birth support. Self-care and support plans, meal preparation and coordination, going home plans, and more.
- Welcoming assistance when requested. Preparation for welcoming baby, holding, swaddling, bathing, arranging for photography of baby and family (including siblings) as desired.
- Non-Medical postpartum maternal care (general postpartum health, locia/bleeding, nutrition and meals, facing lactation options, and more).
- NICU support and companionship.
- Explaining the difference between grief, mourning, and depression.
- Referrals for additional support such as therapists, photographers, financial assistance, sibling counseling, postpartum mood disorders, support groups, and more.
- Farewell Ceremonies Resources (laws and information for ways to say goodbye).
- Support while going through IVF.
- Remembrance, Keepsake assistance, Birth and Bereavement Announcements.
For a list of local and national resources related to pregnancy and infant loss go here.
If you are facing a loss right now...
If you have faced a loss in the past...
If find yourself pregnant after a loss...
If you are struggling to get pregnant...
Please reach out to me for support. I am here to help. And if I can't help I will refer you to a resource who can. I do not want any woman or family to face these struggles alone. Please, contact me now about the various bereavement doula services I offer to you and your family.
The video below demonstrates how a Bereavement Doula may support you during the loss of a pregnancy. The video addresses the topic of stillbirth and may be distressing.