Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness
of Washington County, MD
CarryingToTerm: A Place for Support
An online space providing support, resources, and tools for women and families who are facing a terminal prenatal diagnosis and have decided to carry to term. They also help create a birth plan, provide a personal advocate, and have information about Neonatal Donation for Transplant and Research.
Ending a Wanted Pregnancy
Ending a Wanted Pregnancy is a group of moms and dads who have made the decision to end a wanted pregnancy following a poor prenatal diagnosis or for maternal health reasons. Their mission is to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where parents who have ended wanted pregnancies for medical reasons can find support and sympathy, and grieve their losses together.
Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care
“A clearinghouse of information about perinatal hospice & palliative care, including many resources for parents and caregivers as well as an international list of more than 300 programs. The website was founded in 2006 by and is edited by Amy Kuebelbeck, a former reporter and editor for The Associated Press and other news organizations and lead author of A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life Is Expected to Be Brief (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011; also published in Poland, 2017). She described her experience of continuing a pregnancy with a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis in her memoir, Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life (Loyola Press, 2003).”
"Small Bump" by Ed Sheeran
“The Purpose of the TheBlueDotProject is to raise awareness of maternal mental health disorders, proliferate the blue dot as the symbol of solidarity and support, and combat stigma and shame.”
“2020 Mom, founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, has evolved as a national organization with a mission: Closing gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration.”
“Postpartumprogress.com is the world’s most widely-read blog dedicated to maternal mental illness. It offers warm, positive, in-depth information, support and hope for all pregnant and new moms who experience postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression or anxiety during pregnancy, post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, bipolar, peripartum onset/postpartum bipolar, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum psychosis.”
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman with the purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum.
When the Bough Breaks
“When the Bough Breaks is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this very public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth. The film follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been suffering from PPD for six years. Lindsay agrees to let the cameras document her and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. We meet women who have committed infanticide and families who have lost loved ones to suicide. Babies are dying, women aren't speaking out and the signs are being missed. When The Bough Breaks takes us on a journey to find answers and break the silence.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
“RESOLVE exists to improve the lives of people living with infertility. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. RESOLVE is not a religious affiliated organization.”
Butterfly Release Company
We have used this company for seven years for our annual butterfly release and family picnic.
“Dr. Jessica Zucker is a Los Angeles-based psychologist and writer specializing in women's reproductive and maternal mental health. Jessica specialized in this field long before experiencing a second trimester miscarriage firsthand. Jessica created and launched the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign with her first New York Times piece in 2014 with the aim of addressing the cultural silence.” She also sells cards, prints, signs, and apparel to help support those who have had a pregnancy or infant loss.