Difficult Journeys


We are so sorry that you need to visit this page. You are not alone. We offer to walk alongside you if you are confronting pregnancy loss of any kind in any trimester. We can support you before, during and after the birth of your baby, either by phone or email, or in person. We can provide information and resources to help you make your best possible decisions, and physical and emotional support. We have trained and/or certified Stillbirthday and The Doula Project doulas.

Doulas: We offer doula-to-doula support if you are supporting a client through pregnancy loss.

Below please find some birth and bereavement resources that may be helpful to you.

Local hospitals

VCU School of Medicine

Henrico Doctors Hospital

Chippenham Hospital

Memorial Regional Medical Center

St Mary's Hospital

St Francis' Hospital

Birth centers

Embrace Midwifery

Homebirth Midwives

Mary Callendar CPM

Nancy Giglio CNM

Corina Hossle CPM (see Embrace Midwifery link above)

Adrianna Ross CPM

Kim Smith CNM

Glenda Turner CPM

Specialist photographers

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep has several affiliated photographers serving the Richmond Area. Please contact Anthony Rumley, Area Coordinator, on 804-299-4597 to be put in touch with a photographer near you.

Funeral Homes

These are just a few local funeral homes that may be able to help with services for your baby. If your family already has a relationship with a funeral home, please consider asking there first.

Bennett Funeral Home  Bennett Funeral Home may be able to help with cremation of very tiny babies

Bliley Funeral Home  Ask especially about Bliley's Interment of Angels service

Chiles Funeral Home

Joseph Jenkins Jr Funeral Home

Manning Funeral and Cremation Services

Morrisett Funeral and Cremation Service

Scotts Funeral Home

Wilson and Associates Funeral Service

W S Watkins & Son Funeral Home

Woody Funeral Home

Support Groups

For parents seeking support after losing a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, medical termination or neonatal death:

1st Thursdays, 6.45-7.45, 7611 Forest Avenue, Suite 320, Henrico, VA 23229, Anna Regan (804-977-5862), ann.regan@hcahealthcare.com

The MISS Foundation for parents enduring the death of a child:

3rd Mondays, 7-8pm, St Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue, RVA 23229, karlahelbert@missfoundation.org

For parents confronting pregnancy after loss:

2nd Thursdays, 7-8.30pm, St Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue, RVA 23229, amy.mercurio@missfoundation.org

For parents seeking support after loss in early pregnancy:

1st Wednesdays, 6.30-8, St Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue, RVA 23229, Linda.Zaffram@missfoundation.org

There are many online groups catered to particular loss issues here http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a6729241/grief_and_loss_directory


Useful websites




www.aheartbreakingchoice.com (focused on medical termination)

www.endingawantedpregnancy.com (medical termination)

www.compassionatefriends.org (loss of a child)

www.healingthespirit.org (focused on organ donors but with a wealth of grief support resources)

www.firstcandle.org (SIDS)

www.perinatalhospice.org (for parents carrying to term)


www.fullcirclegriefcenter.org (local Richmond grief group for all kinds of grieving)

www.plida.org (supporting professionals)

www.nationalshare.org (national group)

www.motheringyourheart.com (community and one-to-one support for mothers and any kind of loss)

www.unspokengrief.com (community support for miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss)