Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Pregnancy Loss

The following books and websites are helpful and provide support for those who are suffering from a pregnancy loss (resulting from an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, still birth, or infant death).

Books
      • I’ll Hold You In Heaven by Jack Hayford. A Protestant minister’s compassionate answers to questions regarding the loss of a child through miscarriage, still birth, or early infant death. Using scripture, he offers healing and hope for parents.
Websites
    • Morning Light Ministry is a Catholic ministry for bereaved mothers and bereaved fathers who have experienced the death of their baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death up to one year old. This Catholic ministry also welcomes bereaved parents of other Christian denominations, bereaved parents of other faiths and bereaved parents of no religious affiliation who are struggling with the very notion of faith.
    • Elizabeth Ministry provides hope and healing for women and their families on issues related to childbearing.

Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis

Articles/Pamphlets
Books
      • Holding on To Hope by Nancy Guthrie. A woman loses two infants to the same very rare genetic disorder, interwoven with the Biblical story of Job.
      • Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey by Michell Zuckott. Michell tells the story of a family’s journey with their daughter who had down’s syndrome.
      • Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum by Karen Garver Santorum. Karen Santorum, wife of former Senator Rick Santorum tells the story of their son’s brief 2-hour life, wile expressing the gift of life, family values, the bond between parent and child, the grieving process and the paradox of suffering.
      • 20 Minutes in Eternity by Daniel Dumas. Written from a Catholic perspective, this story is about the journey of a husband and wife whose unborn son is diagnosed with a fatal diagnosis, and their decision to carry him to term.
Websites
      • Be Not Afraid is an online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. The family stories articles, and links within the site are presented as a resource for those who may have been asked to choose between terminating a pregnancy or continuing on despite the diagnosis. These families faced the same decision and chose not to terminate. By sharing their experiences, they hope to offer encouragement to those who may be afraid to continue on.
      • Prenatal Partners for Life provides support information and encouragement for carrying a baby to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis and support for raising your child with special needs after birth.
Book of the Innocents

A Book of the Innocents will be provided to any parish that intends to minister to those with peri-natal loss. We’ll provide the Book and a suggested bulletin announcement. The book is placed in the church (e.g. in front of Our Lady) and is a simple way to help those that have suffered losses from an abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Those affected are invited to write the name of their child in memoriam and, if desired, a brief prayer or thought about him or her.

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