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Pregnancy Loss Support

Renew Through Sharing

If you are visiting this page because you recently lost a baby, please accept our condolences. Our Renew Through Sharing program is here to provide support for families within our community experiencing a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. There are no fees. You are welcome to participate in our group or activities whether you received care at NCH or not.

Compassionate, trained staff are here for you

If you are a patient at NCH, our Renew Through Sharing staff will visit and offer support during your hospitalization. We recognize the special needs of pregnancy loss patients — acknowledgement of the loss, emotional support for you and your family, educational material on your type of loss and follow-up contact if desired. Spiritual care is also available at any time, day or night, 7 days per week.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

NCH is a cosponsor of the Northwest Suburban Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in Hoffman Estates. For more information please call Pam Ferguson at 847.618.8415 or email her at pferguson@nch.org.

NCH Memorial Garden

Our Memorial Garden is located just outside the Village Café at NCH. It was built through donations from community members, staff and bereaved parents and was dedicated in 2003 to the memory of all babies lost during pregnancy or as newborns.

Memorial services

  • A Butterfly Release is held every spring in our Memorial Garden. View a past Butterfly Release service.
  • In October, which is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, we hold a Walk to Remember that ends up in the Memorial Garden.
  • In December, the parent support group mentioned above holds a Candle Lighting Memorial Service.

Monthly newsletter

Tears Together is our monthly newsletter. It includes personal stories, educational topics and information on upcoming events. To view a sample newsletter, click here. To subscribe to the mailed or emailed version, please send your request to pferguson@nch.org.

Additional resources

Books and websites recommended by other bereaved parents.

Books:

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, by Eliabeth McCracken
The Good Grief Club, by Monica Novak
Empty Arms, by Sherokee Ilse
Ended Beginnings, by Claudia Panuthos and Catherine Romeo
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.
Big George, the Autobiography of an Angel, by James Jennings
A Silent Sorrow – Pregnancy Loss, by Ingrid Kohn, MSW and Perry-Lynn Moffitt
Finding Hope When A Child Dies, by Sukie Miller
Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillborn and Healing, by Lorraine Ash

For Children:

Ethan's Butterflies, by Christine Jonas-Simpson
We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead, by Pat Schwiebert
Something Happened, by Cathy Blanford

Useful Links:

www.aplacetoremember.com
www.marchofdimes.com
www.uk-sands.org
www.griefwatch.com
www.missfoundation.org
www.nationalshare.org (message board and chat room)
www.centering.org
www.climb-support.org (twin/higher order loss)

Get the support you need during your time of loss. For more information on any of these services, please contact our Renew Through Sharing Coordinator, Pam Ferguson RNC, at 847.618.8415 or email her at pferguson@nch.org.

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Last modified: 05/15/2014