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Internet Support Forums & Websites

Below is a list of Internet Support Forums and Websites available to help you through this difficult time:

A Heartbreaking Choice – the official “AHC” support group, is a private, membership only discussion forum

Baby Center – Termination for Medical Reasons message board

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (Climb) – Loss support for Selective Reduction and loss of twins or multiples

Compassionate Friends – Grief support after the death of a child

Grief Watch – Resources for bereaved families and professional caregivers

M.I.S.S. Foundation – Providing crisis support after the death of a child from any cause

Potters Syndrome – Support Site.

Remembering Our Babies – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Website

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. – To serve those touched by the death of a baby.

TFMR, A Loving Choice – A Private Facebook Support Group.

National Support Groups

An Alphabetical List of National Support Groups:

Genetic Alliance
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 404,
Washington, DC 20008-2304
(202) 966-5557, fax: (202) 966-8553
Toll-Free Helpline: (800) 336-GENE (4363)
email: info@geneticalliance.org
Has a listing of support groups for nearly every type of genetic problem.

Center for Loss and Life Transition
3735 Broken Bow Road
Ft. Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 226-6050 Fax: (800) 922-6051

CHERUBS
The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic
Hernia Research, Advocacy, and Support
PO Box 1150, Creedmoor, NC 27522
(919) 693-8158
e-mail: cherubs@gloryroad.net

March of Dimes
March of Dimes National Office
1550 Crystal Dr, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22202
Toll-Free: 888-MODIMES (888) 663-4637

National Organization for Rare Disorders Inc. (NORD)
P.O. Box 8923, New Fairfield, CT 06812-8923
Toll-Free: (800) 999-6673, (203) 746-6518, Fax: (203) 746-6481
email: orphan@rarediseases.org

A Place to Remember
Support materials and resources for those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby
125 First Ave. NW
PO Box 168
Minneapolis, MN 55369
Toll-free 1-800-631-0973
aptr@aplacetoremember.com
(651) 645-7045 (Minneapolis/St. Paul area)
FAX (651) 645-4780

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center
Main Office: St. Louis Park
8085 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 203
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Scroll to bottom of page for listing
of local Minnesota Office phone numbers
FAX (for all offices): (612) 259-7665

Resolve Through Sharing®
Bereavement Education since 1981
1900 South Ave., AVS-003
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 775-4747

SHARE
Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Inc.
St. Joseph’s Health Center
300 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
(314) 947-6164 (800) 821-6819

Overseas Support Groups

Support Groups across the globe (in alphabetical order):

Australia:

(SAFDA) – Support after Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality
Royal Hospital for Women
188 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
Anne Baxendale, Senior Genetic Counsellor
Tel: 8161 7375, anne.baxendale@sa.gov.au
Sarah Borrie, Associate genetic Counsellor
Tel: 8161 7375, sarah.borrie@sa.gov.au

Canada:

New Westminster, BC Canada
Empty Cradle – 613 Queens Ave,
New Westminster, BC Canada, V3M 1L1
Tel: 604-525-4349
email: emptycradle@telus.net
Empty Cradle meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queens Ave. New Westminster, BC Canada

North York, Ontario:
North York General Hospital, General site
Department of Clinical Genetics – genetics prenatal services
4001 Leslie Street, 3rd floor
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6345
Fax: 416-756-6727

United Kingdom:

Ireland

ALLF: – A Little Lifetime Foundation
Based in Ireland, ALLF (formerly Isands) has been providing information and support to bereaved parents and families since 1983.
ALLF Support Forum
Tel: 01 8829030
Email: info@alittlelifetime.ie

London
ARC – Antenatal Results and Choices.
345 City Road
London, EC1V 1LR
Helpline: 0845 077 2290
or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile
Mon-Fri, 10am-5.30pm.
Admin: 020 7713 7356
Email: info@arc-uk.org

Local Counselors and Support Groups

All groups are for the U.S. and Canada, sorted alphabetical by State or Province

Arizona:

Phoenix Area:
Phoenix Perinatal Associates
Nicole Weston, MS
Genetic Counselor
at (602) 528-0060 x561

British Columbia, Canada:

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada area:
Empty Cradle 52548 RPO Coquitlam Centre
Coquitlam, BC V3B 7J4 Canada
Contact Patty Lou Bryant at (604) 469-1272

California:

Los Angeles area:
Pregnancy Loss Support Group
2001 S. Barrington Ave, Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA 90225
Contact Lee Forseter at (310) 837-5842

Oakland, California area:
Beyond Choice, Genetic Support Group
Contact Jeanne Menary, PH.D.
at (510) 845-4656
or Ann Bourguignon, Genetic Counselor
at (510) 752-6755

Pasadena, California area:

Caring Connection
Contact Wendy Kohlhase
at (818) 577-4002
or Alfigen/Genetics Institute
at (818) 666-3300

San Francisco area:

California Pacific Medical Center
Contact Kerstin Spangner,
Genetic Counselor
at (415) 600-2628

Stanford, California:

Surviving Painful Decisions
Genetic Support Group
at Stanford Medical Center
Call (415) 723-5198

Connecticut:

Farmington, Connecticut:
HOPE
University of Connecticut Health Center
Genetics MC-6310
Farmington, CT 06030
Contact Leslie Ciarleglio, MS
or Alicia Craffey, MS.

Georgia:

Atlanta area:
A Time to Heal
Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Contact Cathy Wing or Barbara Douglas
at (404) 851-8177.

Illinois:

Chicago area:
Support Group for Prenatal Decisions
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
2650 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
To register, Contact Nancy A. Goldin, L.C.S.W.
Coordinator for Perinatal Loss
at (708) 570-2883, ngoldin@enh.org
Group meets the 4th Wednesday of
each month from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Indiana:

Indianapolis area:
Shared Concerns Support Group
Co-sponsored by Indiana University Hospital
and Methodist Hospital of Indiana
Contact Jane Heustis at (317) 929-8153
or Lynn Deardorff (317) 274-1639

Iowa:

Des Moines, Iowa area:
Prenatal Decision Conference
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact Linda Bets
Department of Chaplaincy
at (515) 241-5845

Iowa City, Iowa area:
Prenatal Loss Support Group
Duffy and Associates
1039 Arthur Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Contact Alison Milburn
at (319) 337-9649

Maryland:

Bethesda, MD area:
Licensed Psychologist
Rachel E.K. Freedman, Ph.D.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 529-6944
Groups meetings are held on some
Saturdays and Thursday evenings for
individuals and couples who have
terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons

Rockville, MD area:
Licensed Psychologist
Julie Bindeman, Psy-D
5914 Hubbard Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Integrated Therapy of Greater Washington
(301) 468-4849
Email: itgwbilling@gmail.com
Call for group information

Massachusetts:

Boston area:
G.O.A.L. (Going on After Loss)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Contact Laura Lubetsky, L.I.C.S.W.
at (617) 732-5500 ext. 32214

Boston area:
Boston Metrowest:
Listening, Reflecting, Healing
Individual and group support services
Contact Mary-Frances Garber, MS, CGC
at (781) 366-5300 Licensed Genetic Counselor

Lexington, Massachusetts area:
After Words
Prenatal Diagnostic Center
80 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA 02173
Contact Barbara Thayer
or Bonnie Braddock
at (617) 862-1171

Springfield, Massachusetts area:
Prenatal Decision Support and Information Group
Baystate Medical Center
Women & Infants’ Unit
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
Contact Karen Banta, MSW
at (413) 784-5402

Michigan:

East Lansing, Michigan:
Genetics Support Group
Michigan State University
B-240 Life Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact Tonya Diehn or Susan Selke
at (517) 353-2030

Livingston County, Michigan area:
LAMB
Livingston County Missing our Babies
Contact: (810) 844-1284
Email: livingstoncountylamb@gmail.com
Like us on Facebook: LAMB

Minnesota:

Minneapolis/St. Paul area:
Perinatal Center
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E. 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact Joanne O’Leary, Shari Baldinger
or Bonnie Hunt at (612) 863-4502

Minnetonka Area:
Partners in Healing of Minneapolis
Dr. Deborah Simmons, PhD LMFT
10505 Wayzata Boulevard #200
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Appointments (763) 546-5797
FAX: 763-546-5754
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday from 10 am-7 pm

Rochester, MN (SE Minnesota and SW Wisconsin area):
Mayo Perinatal Loss Support Group
Rochester Methodist Hospital
3W-20 Eisenberg Building
Rochester MN, 55902
C/O Jeri Sehl, (507) 266-7360

New Jersey:

New Jersey, Central Area:
(Monmouth and Ocean Counties):
HART-Healing And Recovering after Termination
Monmouth Medical Center
255 3rd Ave
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Contact Judy Rokeach or
Ivy Leight (732) 923-6527

New Jersey Summit Area:
FATE – Feelings After the Termination Experience
Center for Human & Molecular Genetics
90 Bergen Street, Suite 5400
Newark, NJ 07101
Contact Gisela Rodriguez
at (973) 972-3302
Email: rodriggi@umdnj.edu

Trenton, New Jersey area:
Mercer County, NJ and
Bucks County, PA areas
Time for Healing
Meets one Sunday per month from 7-9 p.m.
at the Hopewell Campus of Capital Health System in
Pennington, NJ
Please call or email coordinator
Dee Lewis, MA, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor
at (609) 303-4026
Email: dslewis@capitalhealth.org
No fee. Links by phone with
other parents also available.

New York:

Albany, New York area:
St. Peter’s Hospital
Contact Maureen Cavanagh
(518) 525-1388

Long Island, NY area:
Mineola, New York
Winthrop University Hospital
259 1st St.
Mineola, NY 11501
Anna Orologio, A.C.S.W.
(516) 663-2288 or (516) 742-2934
We provide support groups for
AHC and individual counseling

New York City:
Painful Choices in Pregnancy Support Groups
30 E. 60th Street, Suite 802
New York, New York 10022
Contact Joann Paley Galst
at (212) 759-2783

New York City:
Mount Sinai Medical Center
1 Gustave Levy Place
New York, New York 10029
Contact Laurie Chameides
at (212) 241-4685

New York State:
Winthrop University Hospital
Mineola, New York 11501
Contact Anna Orologio, ACSW
at 516-742-2934

Suffern, New York:
Good Samaritan Hospital
Rt. 59, Suffern, NY 10901
Serves Rockland, Westchester, Orange,
Ulster and Putnam counties
in New York state and Bergen
and Passaic counties in New Jersey
Contact Pamela Magi, RN
at (845) 368-5297

Williamsville, New York:
Precious Lives
(Caring Arms Support Circle)
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, New York
Contact Kathleen Skipper, R.N.C.
at (716) 568-6653
The group meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm

Watertown, New York area:
Samaritan Medical
830 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Contact Sheila Marie
at (315) 785-4184
or (315) 785-4182

North Carolina:

Fayetteville, North Carolina area:
SHARE Fayetteville Diagnostic Center
1767 Metromedical Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Contact (910) 323-2209 on Tue/ Thur
or (910) 487-2986 (Mon/ Wed/Fri)
FAX (910) 323-9860

Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area:
Ms. Donna Jeane (dj) H Pappas
Counselor, MEd, NCC, LPC
109-B Milstone Drive
Hillsbrough, NC 27278
(919) 344-0656

Ohio:

Cincinnati area:
SHARED (Shared Help After Reproductive Decisions)
Children’s Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Contact Martha Walker
at (513) 559-4798

Ontario, Canada:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada area:
Wednesday’s Child
RR #2, Erin, ON N0B 1T0
Contact C. Lynn Wilson
at (519) 833-2442

North York, Ontario, Canada area:
North York General Hospital
Department of Clinical Genetics
4001 Leslie Street
North York, ON M2K 1E1 Canada
Contact Andrea Shugar
at (416) 756-6345

Pennsylvania:

Philadelphia Area:
A Time for Healing
191 Presidential Boulevard
Suite 133-135, North Building
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
(215) 955-0605
Sunday evenings
2nd or 3rd of the month
7 to 9 pm

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area:
Unexpected Choices
320 E. North Avenue
Department of Human Genetics
11th Floor, South Tower
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Darcy Thull, MS, LCGC
Department of Genetics
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street, Room 4680
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
at (412) 359-6388

Please see below listings
for areas in Pittsburgh:

Hugs for Healing Hearts
Pregnancy loss support groups
for women and their families who
have experienced a miscarriage,
stillbirth or newborn death
Meets at St. Clair Hospital
1000 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
For information and to register
please call 412-942-5882

Support Groups Sponsored by
Family Hospice and Palliative Care
For more information, please contact the Family Hospice
Bereavement Department at 412-572-8829

Baldwin Community United Methodist Church
5001 Baptist Road
Pittsburgh, Pa 15236
Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Center for Compassionate Care
50 Moffett Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15243
Meets on the third Monday of
every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Southminster House
801 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, Pa 15228
Meets on the second Tuesday
of every month from 1-2:30 p.m.

Rhode Island:

Providence, Rhode Island area:
SHaRe (Support, Healing and Reflection)
Women and Infants Hospital
100 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905
Contact: Jacky Halliday,
(401) 453-7510
Call for meeting days and times

Texas:

Austin, Texas area:
HOPE (Helping Ourselves through
this Pregnancy Experience)
Applied Genetics, Inc.
Contact Melanie Casal
at (512) 443-4363

Houston area:
Resolution
University of Texas OB/GYN
6655 Travis #320
Houston, TX 77030
Contact Patti Furman
at (713) 794-5170

Houston area: Resolution
7400 Fannin #1212
Houston, TX 77054
Contact Joy Redman, MS
at (800) 543-1346
or (713) 798-9500

Washington:

Seattle, Washington area:
Start Where You Are
UWMC Maternal Health Programs
Seattle WA
Contact Teresa W.
teresaw@u.washington.edu
or 206-598-7561.