Prior to Birth

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The following resources can provide support prior to the birth of your baby.

You may have heard the words “I’m sorry, but we cannot find the heartbeat.”  You may be experiencing the impending birth of your beloved baby not alive.  You might have been told that your precious one has a fatal diagnosis.  Whatever is happening right now, whatever you have been told about your baby, your situation, or the medical recommendations given, right now, may you take a pause.

Get into some comfortable clothing.  Pour yourself a cool glass of water.  Take some slow, deep, relaxing breaths.

Right now, you are still pregnant.

And no matter what the next moments, days or weeks may bring, you are still a mother.

And you always will be.


There are tremendous challenges to, but extreme importance in, planning through this journey.


{Start Here}


{Types of Loss} includes many birth situations, including:

  • miscarriage
  • stillbirth
  • diagnosis/anticipatory grief/ NICU
  • rainbow/live birth


{Gestational Age of Your Baby } (information & photos)


{Birth Methods} explained, including:

  • first trimester
  • second trimester
  • third trimester


{Birth Plans} (real, printable birth plans for every experience)


{Getting Support}

{More information and support}


Plan ahead and look at the information for :

{During Birth}


{After the Birth}

Read stories from others (and share yours) – just visit the right sidebar, and see them labeled by week and by additional circumstances.




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