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Duke launches group for parents dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death

Posted September 25, 2011
Updated November 17, 2014

Duke Medicine has launched a new support group for parents who have lost a baby because of an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

The free group will meet monthly and indefinitely. 

"We have certainly noted that there is a need for this kind of grief support in our community," Kathryn Keicher, who works at the Duke Birthing Center, tells me.

The group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. It will meet at a clinic near The Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

For more information if you'd like to attend, contact Keicher at 919-681-3576 or (Full disclosure: Duke Medicine is Go Ask Mom's sponsor).

I learned about the new Duke program after getting an email from a reader who had recently suffered a miscarriage and was having a tough time. Our great Go Ask Mom Facebook fans also shared some other local resources after I posed the question to them.

Here are the local programs they recommended:



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  • shall6 Sep 27, 2011

    I created the resource page last night:


  • raleighlynn Sep 26, 2011

    As a mom who experienced prenatal loss 32 years ago, I wholeheartedly support these groups. I wear a mother's ring with six birthstones, one for each of my living children, and with it I wear a small silver ring with a carved rose in memory of my lost son, Jonathan. Very healing. God bless you all.

  • shall6 Sep 26, 2011

    No problem ... I'm going to create a resource page with all of these groups so that it will have a standing place on the site and people won't have to search too much for it. I'll have it done in the next day or so. (You can find our resource pages on the right hand side of the page. Be sure to click "more" to see all of them).

    And thanks so much for sharing your story shewolf ... I know groups like these can be life savers for a lot of people.


  • kpeele Sep 26, 2011

    Thank for posting this, Sarah. I spent several hours a few weeks ago looking for this type of resource for a friend of a friend. It's nice to have it all in one place now!

  • shewolf27592 Sep 26, 2011

    Way to go Duke!! I was so happy to hear that they ar starting this group. We lost a child to SIDS 14 years ago and group counseling is very helpful in dealing with a child/infant death of any kind. Unless you've been through it you don't realize how devastating and all encompasing it can be. It doesn't take the pain away of course, but you know you are not the only one going through this journey and can talk about the experience with others who know what it feels like to lose a child..

  • whyalltheproblems Sep 25, 2011

    thank you So much for posting this.