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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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:
- Inspired Birth offers bereavement doula services.
- The Wake County chapter of Compassionate Friends offers support to families after the death of a child.
- UNC has a Perinatal Loss Support Group that meets monthly.
- Parentcare offers support for parents who have had a baby die. It meets twice a month.
- Griefshare support groups are held around the country. There are many in the Triangle