From Baby Loss Family Advisors™ website (http://www.babylossfamilyadvisors.org/about.html)
To teach, train, and assist Loss Advisors/Loss Doulas to offer compassionate, informed support to families facing the loss of a baby in miscarriage, stillbirth, or other infant death.
All parents deserve to be offered compassionate and well-informed continuity of care, including support and navigation help as soon as possible from well-trained Loss Advisors™, also called Baby Loss Doulas® or Bereavement Doulas™.
Every mother, and her partner, should have access to a well-trained, nurturing Baby Loss Advisor/Loss Doula who gently supports and wisely teaches and thoughtfully advocates for women/couples from the time of their loss, through the planning process, the birth, and afterward.
Also…Parents who receive bad news in pregnancy (death of a baby or impending death) will: Have minimal regrets
- Feel cared for and well-informed
- Have the opportunity for help navigating the journey from early on through subsequent pregnancy, if desired
- Maximize memories, rituals, and creation of countless mementos
HOW IT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED
When parents are told their baby has died, or has a fatal condition and will die, they will be given helpful support by staff and an immediate connection with a Baby Loss Family Advisor, with parents’ permission. This Advisor can help parents navigate the early days, the birth, meeting the baby, saying goodbye, time at home, help with going back to work, and in the days to come, including during subsequent pregnancy, as desired by parents.
Care is given in person, on the phone, or via email depending upon specific circumstances and the desires and realities of both the newly bereaved and the Independent Loss Advisor/Loss Doula.
WHO ARE THE INDEPENDENT LOSS ADVISORS/LOSS DOULAS?
Well-healed bereaved parents, birth professionals, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral staff, and others who understand baby losses and want to help.
They participate in an intensive certification program and all have personal and/or professional experience with baby loss, also known as perinatal loss.
Independent Advisors/Loss Doulas are well-prepared to give care in cooperation with staff from clinics, hospitals, funeral directors, churches, along with childbirth educators, FIMR and public health professionals, and other medical professionals. Acting as advocates, guides, parent navigators, and care companions, these certified professionals want to help and give service. Some are able to offer their help for free (Donations are usually appreciated.) Others do this as a service of their profession. All appreciate feedback and testimonials if parents find the care helpful.