Tuesday, July 30, 2013

pregnancy & infant loss support (many in michigan)

Here are a few links that grieving moms and dads in Michigan may find helpful.  I apologize in advance if any of these phone numbers are out of date.  Most local support groups are rather small and do not have any online resources.  I will be adding to this list over the coming weeks and months as I encounter other groups.  If you know of any groups not included on my list, please email me or leave a comment below.
  • Hoping - a support group for miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death (Lansing)
  • Baby Center Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss Support Group (Online)
  • Share - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support (Detroit Area)
  • LAMB - Infant Loss Support Group (Livingston County)
  • Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope - Facebook group with many online resources (online)
  • Mary G Schuman Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Group (Ann Arbor)
  • Precious Reflections Support Group 989.894.3034 (Bay City) 
  • Compassionate Care and Understanding During Loss 248.325.0424 (Walled Lake)
  • HOPE Helping Other Parents Endure 989.684.5748 (Saginaw)
  • Hoping 989.386-9624 (Clare)
  • SOUL Sharing Out Untimely Losses 616.242.0563 (Grand Rapids)
  • WINGS When I Need Grief Support 810.606.5897 (Flint)
  • Tiny Mates 800.717.3812 (St Joseph)
  • Tender Hearts 810.688.8845 (Lapeer)
  • Tiny Purpose 517.486.2140 (Blissfield)
  • Miscarriage, Ectopic, Stillbirth and Newborn Loss Support Group 517.423.5816 (Tecumseh)
  • Friends Supporting Parents 586.268.2170 (Sterling Heights)
  • Child and Infant Loss 734.242.7883 (Monroe)
  • H.U.G.S. 248.937.2320 (Commerce Township)
  • HELP Handling Emotional Loss of Pregnancy 248.858.3526 (Pontiac)
  • Looking Ahead Support Group 248.898.7595 (Royal Oak)
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group 313.966.3452 (Detroit)
  • First Candle Crisis Hotline 800.221.7437

This is a list of books that some parents may find helpful or comforting.

At this link and this one you will find two fairly comprehensive lists of organizations and support groups (some online) that were founded to provide support for parents suffering from miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. Many of these are national resources and are available for anyone who needs them.

The blanket tutorial I was going to provide today will be posted on the blog tomorrow instead.  Searching for local support groups took much longer (and was much more emotionally charged) than I expected.  I was rather disappointed to discover that most of the major hospitals in my area (northern Detroit suburbs, so quite heavily populated) offer no support groups for women who experience pregnancy or infant loss.  Most groups are organized by individuals who have lived through the experience and hope to help other parents through the grief. And as much as I admire and respect anyone who wants to provide counseling, I firmly believe the medical community needs to step up and provide the resources necessary to help women at a time when they feel the most isolated and alone.

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