Loss and Grief Resources During and After Pregnancy
Article by Carry staff writers. Updated January 2021
Listed below are resources that have been helpful to others during their time experiencing loss of a pregnancy or a baby.
If this is your own journey, we acknowledge your grief and send you energy for your healing. You may be feeling many different emotions, including sorrow, anger, guilt or relief; be gentle with yourself throughout your unique experience and know that all of these feelings are normal and important. Allow yourself the space to breathe and recuperate.
Your healing process will be on your own timeline. As you get support or counsel from others, know that your process might be different from that of friends or family. There is no correct answer, only what feels best for you in this moment and moving forward.
Finally, many people find that knowing they are not alone in their loss can help ease some of their grief and isolation. Contact your local hospital, midwives’ group, or birthing center to find local support groups and other resources near you geographically.
Return to Zero: HOPE – a U.S. nonprofit that provides services and support to those that have experienced pregnancy and infant loss (includes information in Spanish and most European languages).
Postpartum Support International (PSI) – a U.S. nonprofit that focuses on mental health and hosts a website with resources for loss and grief that provide non-judgmental support, information, and connection with others (includes information in Spanish and also hosts a page with international support listings).
Sisters in Loss – a U.S. digital media platform where Black women “replace silence with storytelling around pregnancy and infant loss and infertility.”
The Love and Loss Project – a blog created by a licensed clinical therapist, designed to “shine light on child and pregnancy loss.”
Exhale – a U.S. nonprofit that hosts a talkline and a textline to provide emotional health and well-being to individuals after abortion.
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support – a nonprofit that provides a community for anyone who experiences loss. This group has over 75 chapters in 29 U.S. states (includes information in Spanish).
The Carry app offers yoga and mindfulness for those pregnant and postpartum. Quick sessions starting at 5 minutes leave you feeling better mentally and physically. Download the Carry app on iOS and start your one week free trial.