Pregnancy after a loss can be an extremely anxious and scary thing amid the joy of successfully conceiving again. It’s hard to let yourselves be excited knowing firsthand how delicate life can be. I hope you find comfort in these resources and that you have a healthy, happy baby at the end of your pregnancy journey.
Fort Wayne Resources:
Parkview Health Hospital – Fort Wayne, Indiana
Healing Hearts Support Group Support for those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Location: Parkview Regional Medical Center 11109 Parkview Plaza Dr Entrance 1, Fort Wayne, IN 46845 in the Chaplaincy Suite on the 2nd floor
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Day: 1st Tuesday of every month
Contact: Parkview Chaplaincy Services at (260) 266-1470 for more information.
Over the Rainbow is a subgroup of Hannah’s Wish, a Christian based support group for families facing pregnancy loss and stillbirth. Over the Rainbow provides a space for mothers to share and receive peer led support focused on navigating life during and after a pregnancy after a loss. Mothers are welcome to bring their new infants to this meeting, so be advised of that in advance. It is a safe space for those experiencing a pregnancy after a loss to connect and share with mothers who have had living children after a loss.
COVID UPDATE: We will meet on Google Meet for the foreseeable future to protect you and your baby. Please check the Hannah’s Wish Facebook page Events section to see when meetings are being held and for the link to the meeting.
Location: Google Meet (online video call meeting)
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Day: 2nd Thursday of each month + additional meetings as needed
Contact: Kristen Biehl (734) 277-4841 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(part of the Memories to Hold program) :
Monthly/Bi-monthly- changes as group needs arise. Contact Julie Jackson, MSW, LCSW, for more info: (317) 528-4798. Meeting is held at St. Francis hospital Indianapolis campus or on Zoom.
Online Support Group/Resources:
Pregnancy After a Loss information (When should I try to conceive after a loss? What kind of emotional/physical care might I need? What should I expect after delivery?) They also offer online weekly support meetings for those going through Pregnancy After a Loss as well as support for many other groups during grief.
Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) :
“Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss. PALS seeks to help expectant mothers celebrate their current pregnancy by choosing hope over fear while still nurturing and honoring the grief over the loss of their deceased child.
PALS services include an online magazine, online peer-moderated support groups, local meet-ups, outreach and education through speaking and tabling at professional conferences, resource listings for families and healthcare providers, and a newsletter.” They offer many ways to get involved, share your story, and find PALS in your community. You can even find pregnancy after loss affirmations to help keep your eyes on hope over fear as you walk your journey.
You can also donate to PALS here.
After Delivery Meal Services
Take Them A Meal: Free and easy to use online tool to coordinate a meal train for a friend (or yourself).
(Indianapolis Area Only) Meals to Mamas: Meals to Mamas is a prenatal and postpartum meal delivery service nourishing Indianapolis mothers & families. They are focused on providing nutrient dense dishes, desserts, and beverages to mamas so they can mother with the vitality they deserve. Alll menu items are gluten free, refined sugar free, and industrial seed oil free. You can email them for more information, see their menu in the highlights on their Instagram, or view their website here.
(Indianapolis Area Only) Send A Friend Lasagna: Indianapolis area small business anyone can utilize to send yourself or a friend a fresh lasagna for dinner. Gluten free and vegetarian options available. Order Here. From the owner, Stephanie: “I like to think of lasagna as a hug you give to someone even when you’re not in their presence. If someone takes a lasagna that I made out of their refrigerator or freezer and puts it in their oven to eat, I hope when they sit down at their table, they think of a hug I made especially for them.” Frequently asked questions like delivery area can be found here.
(Indianapolis Area Only) The Snacky Plate: Indianapolis area small business providing charcuterie boards and snacky plates. Perfect for sending to yourself or a friend to munch on during those long postpartum days.
(Indianapolis Area Only) THE BOARD – For The Love of Charcuterie – Another small Indianapolis area small business providing large scale charcuterie boards. Great for snacking when you have family in town to help during postpartum. View their menu here. Order via email here. Find them on Instagram here.