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During your pregnancy, you read up about postpartum traditions around the world, belly-binding, found countless DIY blogs on the net to make this and that for your post-birth sore bits and your good friends have even offered to bring over a couple of meals for you. So you figure you've got this fourth-trimester thing covered and have no need for a postnatal doula right!
The antenatal classes you attended let you know that you'll spend a day or two in the hospital. Once you are home, a midwife will come and check on you and your newborn for the first few weeks. Your physical well-being is taken care of and wrapped up at the 6-week check up with your GP or care provider.
You have visions of spending the first week or two around the house, not doing a whole lot except enjoying your sweet, new baby with your partner and maybe taking a leisurely stroll to your quiet neighbourhood park when you feel ready. Just relaxing and recovering from birth.
When maternity leave started a couple of weeks before bubs was due, you finished up organising the last few things on your to-do list. You've filled the freezer with a bunch of frozen meals, re-stocked the pantry with necessities and a couple of treats and made healthy meal plans for the first few weeks. You've finished off your playlist for birth, been to the bookstore for a couple of new books to keep your mind engaged in your downtime and written a short list of the series you want to binge-watch on Netflix while you're breastfeeding. Heck, you even printed out some free affirmations for your birth.
You're smart, you know that you will be tired and have made plans for naps in the afternoon. It's your first baby so there won't be any other distractions at home once you've flicked your phone on silent. Your partner has a couple of weeks off work to love on you and your baby and help out around the house. They can sweep floors and scrub the loo while you and your little jellybean take your nap. All organised.
Baby's nursery has been carefully constructed in the room next to yours. The cot and change table is set up and waiting. Tiny clothes have been washed and folded, patted and smoothed in anticipation for this wriggling being inside of you and yep, you've even checked out Pinterest and added a few on-trend decals and Kmart hacks.
You've got this mama! I know you've done your research and have the best intentions planned for your new little family so why bother with a postnatal doula?
My Birth Was Fine
A week or so past your due date, you go into labour and after waiting a few hours at home to make sure it really is the real thing, you and your partner head to the hospital. Labour is kind of like what you were told about but still not quite what you were expecting. Half a day later, your hard work is rewarded and a slippery, noisy little human is placed in your arms. The birth went pretty well apparently, you managed your planned drug-free vaginal birth and besides some tearing, you've been told you had it pretty easy for a first-time mum.
Bright bunches of flowers and helium-filled balloons are taking over your hospital room. Pastel coloured cards and notes from family and friends send their congratulations and best wishes. The midwives pop in regularly to make sure you're pooping and peeing, they ask you to buzz them for each breastfeed so they can check on baby's latch and document it in your notes. They go through their list to cross off all the things they need to cover with you before you head home and ensure their never-ending paperwork is done. I know some things might not seem easy straight away they tell you but hang in there, you'll soon learn what your baby needs.
You've struck it lucky to have such a settled baby! Baby is gaining weight, your body seems to be functioning as it should and you've been entrusted with the care of this tiny human being. You and your partner head home with full hearts ready to start your new life. Congratulations from me too.
This is babymoon bliss right? You're sitting by the warm fire in the lounge with your naked baby against you skin-to-skin. Your partner is in the kitchen making you a cup of tea and the midwife visited just this morning for your check-up and re-assured you that everything was going to plan, they'll just keep an eye on baby's weight. Friends pop in regularly for a cuppa to meet your baby girl and give you all the advice under the sun about what you should or shouldn't be doing.
But I see you Mumma with hot tears filling your tired eyes, waiting to spill down your cheeks. Your nipples are sore, your breasts are lumpy, it stings a little still when you go to the toilet and your settled baby isn't so settled anymore. It's like she's finally realised she's been born and isn't so happy about it. And just maybe you are wishing your partner's mate would leave so you could have some quiet to try and feed this crying baby.
The cot in the nursery remains unused because the only place she'll sleep is in your arms. Or for short periods in the bassinet next to your bed at night where you can hear every whimper she makes. Thousands of years of evolution have your parenting senses switched on yet you can't work out why she has been crying for the past hour. You'll look for some ideas on the internet and come across a local Adelaide doula offering postnatal support. It sounds like a good idea in theory but do you really want a stranger in the house? And anyway, you should probably try changing baby's nappy so you put the phone down and forget about it for now.
Your days have been filled with learning to breastfeed in between pumping to try and empty those lumpy breasts that seem to fill so quickly. You use your expressed milk for top-ups as you want to make sure your darling girl is getting enough after the midwife's comment about her weight. The exhaustion and overwhelm is starting to creep in. Your new books remain unread on your night stand under a pile of clean nappies and baby wipes ready for 3 am nappy changes. Walks in the park seem like a distant dream. Maybe you'll give that postnatal doula a call just to see what she sounds like. Some friendly conversation could be nice right about now....
Your partner has come down with a bad cold and you've been left to deal with the baby alone today. They feel guilty about not being able to help you much but are worried about sharing their germs. You'd love a visit from your mum but she is too far away to come and help and you feel alone. Exhausted, not sure that your baby even likes you and alone despite the daily visitors you've had since giving birth.
Every time your baby cries, you cry too and you feel like a hot mess. Maybe your friend was right and you should just let her cry it out, even though every maternal instinct tells you it doesn't feel good for your family, she'll get used to it right? You send that postnatal doula a text to see what she thinks and she lets you know she can be there in an hour if you'd like some support. Yes please if that's okay with you, you reply.
How Will a Postnatal Doula Help?
I arrive at your house and I'm greeted by your happy dog and tired partner. I see you sitting on the couch, surrounded by blankets and swaddles, a breast pump, a syringe to help finger-feeding, bottles of water and a mug of tea, forgotten and left to go cold. Baby has just been fed and seems to be going to sleep so we talk about what your days have been like. How hard it has been to learn this parenting gig despite all the research you've done and all the practicalities you'd prepared. Things just aren't going to plan and I can see you're feeling a little lost and unconfident. You tell me that you're starting to worry the baby blues might hang around.
A good postnatal doula will start by making sure your basic needs are met. Have you had something to drink or are you hungry? You've done really well to squeeze in a shower this morning amidst the chaos. What is the most important thing I can help you with right now? You'd like some help learning how to settle your baby... The lack of sleep has left you feeling like you can't calm her so when she keeps crying you become anxious and after a few minutes you give her to your partner as he seems to be able to settle her better. I show you the ring sling I've brought with me and explain how it works. If it's okay with you I can wear your baby for a little while and you can drink a hot cup of tea?
Is there anything I can help your partner with? He'd like to take the dog for a walk as he feels like he's been neglecting her too since the baby arrived... I see your eyes light up Mumma at the thought of going outside, so I ask if you'd like me to look after your baby for a little bit while you have some alone time with your partner. Take some time to reconnect, probably for the first time since your worlds were changed. It's okay to want to be alone for half an hour, you don't need to feel guilty. Catch your breath, take a moment to refresh your mind and body.
While you're gone, baby sleeps in the ring sling so I cut up some fresh vegetable sticks to keep in the fridge for you to snack on. Anything you can eat with one hand while breastfeeding is a winner! Baby and I do the dishes together and the kitchen is tidied in time for your return. When you return hand in hand, the tears are gone from your eyes and there is a gentle smile on your face. I always think it's amazing what a little fresh air and some oxytocin generation with your partner can do.
Postnatal Doulas Are Worth It
We talk some more about newborn cues and how babies can communicate. Being shown these practical suggestions helps with your confidence and is more useful to you than the generic "trust your instincts" or "let her cry" advice that you've heard this past week.
Baby is still sleeping so I suggest you should head to bed Mumma. Even if you don't sleep, get some therapeutic rest. If you really can't sleep, perhaps try listening to a couple of exercises from the free Mind the Bump app. ("Mind the Bump provides tailored exercises to support your mental and emotional well-being from day one of pregnancy through to 24 months after birth. The program is for mothers, fathers, single parents and same sex couples" http://www.mindthebump.org.au/).
As much as I love baby snuggles, their place is with their parents so I pass a sleepy baby over to Dad and sweep the floors and put some dinner on. He admits that he finds it hard to accept help but says it's a bit easier knowing that it is what they're paying me for. In between peeling potatoes, I show your partner a different way of rolling your baby when you're changing her nappy. You can watch this technique in the video below.
Dinner is cooking so I spend some time with your partner and baby while you rest. Your baby is quiet and content at the moment so I share with your partner how this is a great time for talking with your baby, reading stories together, singing songs and even playing little games with her. Enjoy these moments, they'll become more regular as you learn about each other and grow together as a family. He can share this information with you too later.
Taking turns with your baby, giving her undivided attention and copying her facial expressions are all great ways to develop the paths in her brain and let her know she is loved. It's also a great time for me to show parents how clever their baby really is and how much their baby loves them.
It's been a few hours since I arrived. Your confidence is starting to renew and I can see my time today is finished. So I leave you both sitting down to a hot dinner with your peaceful baby. I'll send you a text tomorrow to see how you went through the night and I'll visit again in a few days.
During future visits, we might process your birth story a little deeper (maybe it wasn't so fine after all), talk about recommendations for lactation consultants or chiropractors, share stories of being pooped on, run some errands together where you confidently breastfeed in public for the first time or I can show you the different babywearing options available to you from my collection. Each visit is different and unique to your circumstances. There are no boxes for me to cross or lists to check. I am focused on supporting the parents so that they can support their family.
Over the next month or so, I watch as new parents emerge from the cocoon of those early days with a newborn. With just a little bit of practical and non-judgemental support, you've both transformed into the happy, loving parents that you were always capable of being. Your partner has gone back to work. We've worked together to help you find the swing of things with the parenting style that fits your values and beliefs.
My work is done, thank you for sharing this time with me. I'm glad you bothered to hire a postnatal doula.
Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings in Adelaide, South Australia. She has been providing support to families since 2012 as a certified postnatal doula, placenta services specialist and birth doula. You can contact her through her website to book any of her services or for more information.
One of the arguments around placentophagy is that there is no placenta encapsulation research to back it up.
Yes, compared to other subjects there is little in the way of studies. Let's take a look at why that is and how to evaluate the research that is available.
What makes a good scientific research study?
David Levine has written an easy to understand article with relevant examples that make sense for the average woman researching her options. You can read the whole article here but I'll summarise the main points for you below:
1. Does the study provide context for the data? If you read a paper that said no-one in Adelaide had encapsulated their placenta, but the researchers had only asked 10 people, you would realise that this study size isn't appropriate for a city with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. How many subjects are in the study? The sample size is important.
2. How meaningful is this study? Did you know that there are different levels of placenta encapsulation research? At the top are systematic reviews such as those done by the Cochrane database (no mention of placenta encapsulation there yet) all the way down to things like opinions of respected authorities that are based on their clinical experience. So something like Professor Claire Robert's opinion on getting your placenta encapsulated based on her clinical experience would be down the bottom of the pyramid. Other research like the nutritional value of placenta pills would rank higher.
3. What is the angle of the person reporting the study?
Given that there is so little research about placenta encapsulation, anything that pops up is quickly reported as negative. Just take a look at some of the headlines :
"Eating the placenta after birth carries no health benefits"
"The deadly risk of eating your placenta"
"Eating placenta pills made baby sick"
Yet if the reporters took the time to read and analyse the study, such as was done in this report on GBS and placenta encapsulation, instead of coming up with click-bait headlines, it would give a more accurate representation of the results and information.
4. Who could benefit from the study?
I think this is one of the strongest reasons why there is so little research about placenta capsules. Big corporations don't benefit from the process. The mothers may benefit from taking the capsules. A small network of professional encapsulators who run a small business may make some income from it but there aren't thousands of dollars to pour into research. In fact, one of the most recent studies was crowd-funded. Over $8000 to research a handful of placentas to find out what effect encapsulation has on the hormones contained in a placenta. If this were an industry where millions of dollars could be made, then I guarantee that someone would fund the necessary research.
5. How effective is the treatment and what are the side effects?
Scientifically we don't really know. There are animal studies that show benefits such as an analgesic effect from placenta consumption but no human studies yet that don't have methodological limitations like this old study on placenta as a lactogen or that aren't anecdotal reports. For now, I guess we'll have to rely on the feedback we get from clients and the smaller studies that are being done on the nutritional and hormonal value of placenta capsules.
As for possible side effects, the only ones that are reported by clients are minor. Effects such as the unpleasant taste of placenta capsules for some or headaches and oversupply of breast milk. Other theoretical risks include the spread of infection such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis to the encapsulator, heavy metal accumulation in the placenta, thromboembolic events caused by potentially active estrogenic compounds in placental tissue and food poisoning if the placenta isn't handled correctly. It is up to the individual to weigh up the pros and cons of placenta encapsulation for themselves.
6. How much does the new drug or intervention cost?
Well if you do it yourself, placenta pills can cost nothing other than your time. If you get an experienced professional to process your placenta safely for you, it will cost around $250-$300 on average in Australia.
7. Did the study compare the new treatment to existing alternatives or to placebo? And if so, how much better is this new treatment and how expensive will it be?
"Scientific research on the use of placenta remedies as a unique and cheap therapeutic treatment for women suffering from pathologies like anaemia, depression or lactation difficulties, does not exist" - Sophia Johnson
So there you have it. I think we can all agree that additional scientific research on placenta encapsulation and placentophagy is needed. I haven't linked all the available research here, you can find more over at Placenta Services Australia and I believe new study results are coming out soon so check back for updates.
Perhaps you'd like to take one of the research papers linked above and do your own review using the information presented here. If you do, please share it with me. I'd love to know what you think and I'm sure my readers would too.
As a placenta encapsulator I get to see lots of unique placentas and umbilical cords from women around Adelaide. One feature that often pops up is false knots in the umbilical cord.
What is a false knot in an umbilical cord?
A false knot (or pseudoknot) is a very common variation in umbilical cords caused by extra looping of the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly. False knots do not have any clinical significance and can range from very small to several centimetres. The video below shows one example of a larger false knot. Drying out the cord enables you to see the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly quite well.
What's the difference between a true knot and a false knot?
What was your experience?
Did you have a false knot or a true knot in your cord? Share your experience below
You can learn more about the medical side of cord knots here on Medscape
Kelly Harper has been providing professional placenta encapsulation services for families around Adelaide and South Australia since 2012. As the Founder of Placenta Services Australia she has a strong interest in placenta encapsulation safety and research.
Print them out, Hang them around your home or hospital room as reminders to you and your care providers. Share them with friends
Click on each picture to be taken to the pdf download. Enjoy and have a positive birth
PS If you're local to Adelaide you might like to also join our free antenatal classes through the Positive Birth Movement.
More information is available in our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/1394215413942214/
Part one ... what you may not expect I do
Believe it or not, my role is not to just hold your hand and rub your back throughout contractions or surges (although I can do that if you like). I am not there to check your labour progress, "protect you from the system" or act as an intermediary between you and your care provider. So just what do I do?
As your doula, I am your companion throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. We spend many hours together, before birth, building our relationship to help you recognise the skills and capacities YOU need for autonomy in YOUR birth.
The 5 areas we work together in
1. Your Values
What sort of birth do you want and what is the best care model for you to achieve this?
How do you want to feel during and after your birth? Not just physically but emotionally too!
In what circumstances are you happy for your care provider to make decisions for you? Would you prefer that decisions were made together between you, your partner and your care provider? Did you want to make informed choices for yourself - do you know you have the legal right to do that?
Your values will affect the decisions you make about your preferences for care and whilst no-one can guarantee the outcome of your birth, our work together will ensure you feel confident and in control of your choices.
2. Your Options
As a doula I am employed by you, not the hospital or your care provider and as such I am not generally bound by their policies and procedures. I am guided by your wishes and my ethical and legal responsibilities.
This means we can discuss ALL the options, not just the ones presented by routine procedures, and look at all the pros and cons of these options before you give birth.
Are there policies you agree with, policies you are happy to find a mutually agreeable compromise about or policies that you don't agree with and if you can't find a compromise, would it suit you better to find a more compatible care provider or birth setting?
There is always more than one option available to you!
Active participation in your health care requires effective communication and collaboration between you, your partner, your family, medical staff and others. Together we can explore how to respectfully state your views or express your concerns assertively, discuss the best questions to ask to get the information you need to make an informed decision or even role play various scenarios you may come across.
4. Your Decisions
"Women do not make choices or experience pregnancy and birth in a vacuum. Their partners, families, peers and health-care providers all influence the process of bringing a child into the world." I recognise that you do not make decisions in isolation and prepare you to use various decision making tools to weigh up the benefits and risks where required. My responsibility is to facilitate the skills and capacities you already have within you so that you feel listened to, more knowledgeable and so that your choices reflect your values, reducing the possibility of remaining undecided or regretting your decisions.
Reflective practise is a way of using past experiences as learning situations, especially helpful for previous births and decisions. We look at how you made those choices, were they in line with your values and at being responsible for your actions. If there is a difference between your expectations and the outcome, how can you do things differently this time so that your actions align with your goals?
I believe these five areas are some of the most important skills we can work on as they promote what YOU can already do and work towards fostering your self-confidence and trust in yourself, your body and baby and your birth team.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of What I do as your Doula.
This blog is based on the work of Sandra Meadow and the Doula's role in fostering relational autonomy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly is a birth and postnatal doula working in the Adelaide area. She has a strong belief in families making informed decisions about their health care and happily works within the following hospitals: Women's & Children's, Lyell McEwin, Flinders Medical Centre, Burnside, Calvary, Ashford and North Eastern Community.
You can contact her here to book a Birth Clarity Session or to hire Kelly as your Doula.
Hi Kelly! I haven't gotten around to messaging you yet to tell you how wonderful my placenta encapsulation is!
I absolutely love the box and thank you so much for such a quick turn-around!
I definitely feel like my pills have helped me have that extra energy boost and my milk supply is plentiful!
You do such a wonderful job and I can't help but sing my praises to those around me.
What some once thought was "disgusting" have been impressed and intrigued on my journey and now don't think so badly of it.
Keep being awesome and thankyou so much!
I'll definately keep you in my contacts for if we decide to have another in the future.
Many blessings x
What is World Doula Week?
World Doula Week started in Israel as World Doula Day in 2010 by Ruti Karni Horowitz who had no idea about International Doula Month. The event was a huge success, so Ruti had suggested that it become a world-wide event to celebrate doulas globally. Initally, World Doula Day (March 22) was chosen because it is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, which represents the return of fertility in countless cultures. When the committee was formed, they all decided to expand World Doula Day (March 22) into a World Doula Week (March 22-28) so that multiple events could be planned to help spread the word about doulas.
The goal is to spread the word about doulas and to encourage doulas to continue improving the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns, and families in birth and in the postpartum period.
In honour of World Doula Week and this years theme " Doulas Benefit Everyone" I would like to offer 1 person the opportunity to have doula support during their birth for $150.
If you are:
"In 2014 the proportion of [South Australian] women giving birth by caesarean section was 34%, a proportion that has been relatively stable for several years.
Of those who had previously given birth, 31% had previously had a caesarean section. Only 15.9% of women had a
vaginal birth following a previous first caesarean without intervening births, compared with 30% in 1998 (when data first
The main reasons given for caesarean section were previous caesarean section (37%) failure to progress in labour or cephalopelvic disproportion (26%) fetal distress (14%) and malpresentation (11%)." SOURCE
This means that approximately 1 in 3 women in South Australia will give birth via major surgery. This surgery may be chosen in advance as an elective c-section or may happen after labour has started (known as an emergency cesarean).
So how can a Doula help you if you have a Cesarean ?
Here are 6 ways I can support you if you are birthing in Adelaide:
1. I will talk through your options with you and help fill in any knowledge gaps you may have. Options like who will announce baby's sex, who will cut the umbilical cord or will you leave baby attached to their placenta for a while, the benefits of skin-to-skin contact with baby after birth or you might want to discuss your options for pain relief with your care providers. Having a birth plan isn't necessarily about avoiding a certain outcome, it is about going through your knowledge, understanding and preferences and putting them on paper so that those supporting you are on the same page.
2. While you are waiting and being prepped for surgery, I can provide you with relaxation techniques, acknowledge any feelings you may have about this birth, give you a massage and honour the impending arrival of your child. I can support your partner by reminding them to look after themselves so that they are in the best position to look after you.
3. With c-sections there is a greater chance that your baby will need special care and often your partner will go with your baby leaving you alone. This can be a scary and lonely time for you but a doula will stay with you providing continuity of care and may act as a liaison between you, staff and your partner to keep you updated on how baby is doing.
4. If your doctor allows me into theatre with you, I can take pictures of your child being born to create tangible memories of what you couldn't see. I can reassure you and your partner about what is happening.
5. If I can't go into the operating room with you, I will wait for you either in the recovery area or in your room. I might accompany other family members and help explain the process to them. A doula can ease fears and provide comfort at a caesearean birth.
6. After the birth, another advantage of a knowledgeable doula is helping to get breastfeeding established. This can be challenging after a c-section as baby may be sleepy from the medications and you may need to try different positions to avoid hurting your surgery site. If baby has gone to NICU / SCBU, a doula can help get pumping going so you can provide the best possible nourishment for your baby and begin to establish your supply of breastmilk.
7. Finally, once baby is earthside and you have had a few days to get to know each other, you might want to debrief your experience. Having someone who was there to help you remember all the details you might not and to process everything you (and your partner) have been through is important.
The one thing that consistently determines whether a woman has a positive birth, is not how the baby comes out, but rather how she is treated by those around her. Respect is important. No matter what a woman chooses, it is her choice and decision to make on how she will give birth. Its that control and respect that allows her to step into her power and have a positive birth.
Kelly is a birth and postnatal doula in Adelaide. She is currently providing birth coaching and support for women planning an elective c-section or induction on a known date at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Calvary, Burnside or North Eastern Community private hospitals.
As a trained student Birth & Bereavement Doula I am able to provide you with physical and emotional support before, during and after the birth of your baby in any trimester. This may be guidance over the phone, resources via email or in person care at hospital or your home.
Please contact me for more information
Sarah is registered with Medicare for Better Access to Mental Health Care program and can support women with mental health OT support through pregnancy loss or birth trauma. For pregnancy loss she will bulk bill her services.
Ignite Art Therapies
Bel uses art therapy to inspire individuals to acknowledge and transition through life while realising their own possibilities.
Dr Heather Mattner
Perinatal Health Psychologist & Midwife
83 Mount Barker Rd
Stirling, South Australia, 5152
M: 0414 499 544
Gemma Johnson Psychology
Gemma provides her services from Hyde Park for:
Trauma including EMDR
Women’s Health including pregnancy and IVF
Worrying (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
Social and other phobias
Hanna Beaven Psychology
Challenges falling pregnant
Pregnancy related issues
Grief & loss
267 Fullarton Road, Parkside
0455 140 400
SANDS offer support/counselling in a group or one on one capacity. They also do coffee mornings at a playground. There's an extensive library that families are welcome to borrow from and events held throughout the year to commemorate babies who've died
Free weekend camps for bereaved children and young people who have lost a parent, sibling or other significant person. Star Bear is for children aged between five and 12-years old while Star Bound is for teens aged up to 17. There are two Star Bear and one Star Bound camp each year and camps are held in the Adelaide Hills. Children and young people are paired with trained volunteer mentors and experience therapeutic sessions, sports, games and arts and crafts.
Compassionate Friends (SA)
Compassionate Friends is part of a world wide support organisation for bereaved parents. This is regardless of the age of the child at death or the manner of death. Services provided include monthly support groups in 3 metropolitan locations, telephone support to members, a bi-monthly newsletter, a range of brochures and a resource library. A CandleLight service is held in December each year. Some support is also provided to siblings and grandparents.
M: 0456 820 133
Human Milk for Human Babies SA
HM4HB provides an online space where mothers can connect with other families to donate their breastmilk. Some mothers find it purposeful and healing to donate their breastmilk to another baby.
They encourage and support dialogue around the realities of loss, in order to break the silence and taboo surrounding stillbirth. Still Aware is invested in sharing stillbirth research and actively lobbies for stillbirth to be listed and remain on the policy agenda at a national level
Red Nose Grief & Loss
Formerly SIDS & Kids, with over 40 years’ experience supporting grieving individuals and families, they understand the sudden or unexpected death of a baby or young child is one of the most difficult experiences any person will go through. Their website has been developed to connect individuals and families to a range of support options, useful resources and information.
Still Birth Day
Support prior to, during and after birth in any trimester
Grieflilnk is an online information resource for the bereaved and grieving, their carers, friends and colleagues, and for health and welfare workers
Women's & Children's Hospital
Information on grief and children
Keepsakes & Mementos
Commemorative Birth Certificate
Commemorative Certificates for Early Loss of Pregnancy are available from Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM)
to commemorate deliveries that are not able to be registered under the Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registration Act 1996. A commemorative certificate may not be used for official purposes and is provided free of charge.
Early Loss of Pregnancy Birth certificate application
Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature and ill infants and children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of their local hospitals, as well as children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner. All services are provided free of charge.
Bears of Hope
Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support provides leading support and exceptional care for families who experience the loss of their baby. They seek to provide crucial information and embrace families during their difficult time of loss, and beyond.
Angel Gowns Australia provide services to bereaved families who have suffered the unimaginable stillbirth or death of their baby, families who are or have gone through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or families who are impacted on by a child's life-limiting illness or special needs. From donated wedding dresses they lovingly hand craft Angel Gown garments which are then donated to hospitals, funeral homes and directly to families through special orders
General information on arranging a funeral from the SA Governement
Frequently asked questions about funerals from the Australian Funeral Directors Association
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