PREGNANCY LOSS AND BABY LOSS

EMPTY WOMBS SUPPORT GROUPS

We provide the essential long term support for bereaved parents AND offer Loss-Specific Support Group curriculums to parents facilitated by a registered Social Worker

WHAT IS PERINATAL LOSS?

The loss of a baby through death by Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Neonatal Loss (loss occurring from birth to 28 days of life), NICU Loss (neonatal ICU) or Terminations of Pregnancies for Medical or Personal Reasons

WHAT IS PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT?

This is what parents experience immediately following the perinatal loss of a baby as described above. It is characterised by a complex emotional response, most commonly manifesting as grief in both parents, but often expressed differently between them, both in intensity and duration. There is no timeframe for perinatal bereavement, although assisting bereaved parents in creating mementos and holding a funeral service may decrease the intensity and duration of the grief response during perinatal bereavement.

PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT WORKERS

SA Certified Perinatal Bereavement Workers validate the meaning of parenthood, even if the physical act of parenting was brief and play a significant role in guiding parents to a healthy state of bereavement. Please contact us if you are requiring the essential services of a Perinatal Bereavement Worker.

ORGANISATIONAL STAFF TRAINING

For Organisations that are wanting to provide their staff with the sensitivity, caring and information regarding the trauma of all perinatal loss, we offer the relevant training.

Please click here to contact us for tailor made training services.

KEEPSAKES, JEWELLERY AND MEMORY MAKERS

We, as Perinatal Bereavement Workers, help parents to create cherished memories of their baby.

Please contact us for any of your needs.

Heidi Renzon - Body Work Therapist

Heidi is a gentle body work therapist. A session incorporates healing 'the whole' which includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual. She assists in discussing grief, trauma and loss related to the devastating 'empty womb' experiences that many women endure. She currently assists those who have been through the unbearable experiences of baby or child deaths. She also has a bright positive outlook and helps each client to create an atmosphere of hope and peace.

Contact Heidi (ergooptimize@gmail.com) or on ErgoOptimize (082) 777 9878


Michelle Borgia Groenewald

NCOT Perinatal Bereavement Worker



Michelle Groenewald studied Pregnancy Loss and Baby Loss through the NCOT Pregnancy & Infant Loss Bereavement Training Program to provide quality care and support to Bereaved Parents, and is a Director of House of Fertility. She also trained to photograph in bereavement situations, with empathy, discretion and sensitivity.

Contact Michelle

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