The Pregnancy Loss Support Program recommends A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss. Both Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt have a long association with the Pregnancy Loss Support Program. Many PLSP clients were interviewed for both the first and second editions of the book.
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Pregnancy Loss Support Program (PLSP)
for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Newborn Death
“I don't know how I could have made it without PLSP. It literally saved my life.” —S.M.
It is hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than the loss of a child. Even the most loving friends and family may not understand a grieving parent's needs, which can lead to additional isolation and sorrow. For more than three decades, the Pregnancy Loss Support Program has offered free counseling and support for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death, as well as to women who are pregnant following a loss. Our programs are open to all regardless of background, religion, gender and sexual orientation. There is absolutely no religious aspect to our support programs, and all faiths are welcome, as are single parents.
PLSP is guided by a licensed social worker with extensive experience in pregnancy loss. Our professionally trained volunteers, who have been through our program following their own pregnancy losses, provide personal and prompt nationwide telephone counseling for men and women. Both male and female volunteers are available.
Following telephone counseling, bereaved parents in the New York metropolitan area may join our support groups, which are facilitated by two trained volunteers who themselves have suffered a pregnancy loss. The sessions consist of the same small group of participants who gather for six weekly evening meetings. At each meeting, a brief presentation is followed by an open discussion guided by the facilitators. Topics include:
Fathers and Mothers:
PLSP is not just for mothers; it is most certainly for fathers, too. One of the ways that men tend to respond to loss is by attempting to prove to their partner that they are strong, and to admit a need for counseling might be seen as undermining that effort. Yet experience has shown that by not addressing their own emotional needs fathers can do significant damage to their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the relationship. If you are a father who is unsure about joining his partner in the pregnancy loss support process, we have male volunteers who are happy to confidentially answer any questions.
Nationwide telephone support for those who are pregnant after a loss, as well as for adoption after a loss, is available.
Our licensed social worker can make referrals to relevant psychotherapists in the New York metropolitan area.
You Are Not Alone:
PLSP is about more than counseling; it is about creating a safe space where parents can talk about their loss openly, honestly and without fear of being ignored, shunned or disrespected. Every PLSP volunteer suffered their own pregnancy loss—we've been there, too. We've discovered just how powerful it can be to talk to someone who understands, to be in a group with parents who "speak your language." The friendships forged within support groups are an ongoing source of strength—friendships that often last for years and years.
PLSP has created a list of support resources available nationwide and in the New York metropolitan area including support groups, counseling, suggested reading and other information. click here to download Perinatal Loss Support Resources using Acrobat Reader.
Understanding Your Pregnancy Loss: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death, is a booklet with helpful advice and information for parents and families who have suffered a pregnancy loss. To order copies individually or in bulk, please call (212) 687-5030 ext. 464 or click here to download a free version of Understanding Your Pregnancy Loss by using Acrobat Reader.
Now Available in Spanish! Understanding Your Pregnancy Loss, or Entendiendo Su Pérdida de Embarazo: Haciéndole Frente al Aborto No Provocado Mortínato o Muerte de un Recién Nacído, is now available in Spanish. To order copies individually or in bulk, please call (212) 687-5030 ext. 464 or click here to download a free version of Understanding Your Pregnancy Loss by using Acrobat Reader.
Please note: You will need the Acrobat® Reader to view Perinatal Loss Support Resources and Understanding Your Pregnancy Loss. If you don't have this plug-in, you may download it from the Adobe Web Site.
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For more information, to receive counseling, to join a support group or to obtain a referral, please call the Pregnancy Loss Support Program at (212) 687-5030 ext. 464 or at email@example.com.
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