Perinatal Bereavement

Perinatal Bereavement Program

The loss of a baby due to miscarriage or stillbirth is a traumatic life event.  The Perinatal Bereavement Program at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital offers a compassionate type of care for families grieving the loss of a baby at any age.  Families are supported at time of delivery, during their hospital stay, and throughout a period of bereavement.  Care is provided by Certified Bereavement Counselors with a focus on memory-making and grief support.  During a 13-month period of bereavement care, families receive monthly contacts, in the form of mailings, emails, phone calls or home visits.  A private online support group is also available to help families connect and feel supported through their grief journey. 

Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care Program

The loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death is a traumatic life event.   The Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care Program at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital offers a compassionate type of care for families grieving the loss of a baby.  Upon receiving a terminal diagnosis, families are supported throughout the pregnancy with consultations from a palliative care physician, neonatologist, social worker, chaplain, and child-life specialist.  Individualized birth plans are discussed and memory-making activities are created based upon the family’s wishes.  For a 13-month period of bereavement care, families receive monthly contacts, in the form of mailings, emails, phone calls or home visits.  A private online support group is also available to help families connect and feel supported through their grief journey. 

For more information about either of these programs, please contact:
LeighAnn Sutton, LBSW
Perinatal Bereavement Social Worker; Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care Team
731-541-6426
leighann.sutton@wth.org

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