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About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope. Jessica Berger Gross, editor, $22.50

Revealing a wide spectrum of perspectives, this powerful collection offers comfort and community for the millions of women (and their loved ones) who experience this all-too-common kind of loss.


The Baby Project. Sarah Ellis, $9.95 (ages 10 to 14)

An unexpected pregnancy brings joy to this family with three almost-grown kids. Eleven-year old Jessica is thrilled to have a new baby sister and not be the youngest anymore. But when baby Lucie dies of SIDS Jessica watches the wide-ranging way grief plays out on her family’s once-solid foundation and wonders if they’ll ever feel such joy again.


Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $29.95

For many bereaved parents, the care provided by health professionals at birth — from midwives to antenatal teachers — has a crucial effect on their response to a loss or death. Providing care to grieving parents can be demanding, difficult and stressful, with many feeling ill equipped to provide appropriate help. Equipping the reader with fundamental skills to support childbearing women, partners and families who have experienced childbirth-related bereavement, this book outlines:

  • What bereavement is and the ways in which it can be experienced in relation to pregnancy and birth
  • Sensitive and supportive ways of delivering bad news to childbearing women, partners and families
  • Models of grieving
  • How to identify when a bereaved parent may require additional support from mental health experts
  • Ongoing support available for bereaved women, their partners and families
  • The impact on practitioners and the support they may require
  • How to assess and tailor care to accommodate a range of spiritual and religious beliefs about death.

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Coping with Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning. Amy Wenzel, $23.95

Pregnancy loss can be devastating, regardless of whether it is early or late in pregnancy or in the short period after a baby is born. In many instances, similar emotions are experienced when a couple learns that their fertility treatments were unsuccessful.

This wise, compassionate book teaches proven cognitive-behavioral strategies for coping with infertility and pregnancy loss. You will learn about common grief experiences that occur with such losses, as well as ways to find perspective and meaning, identify and change unhelpful thoughts, gain acceptance, reconnect with others, and reengage in life. By applying these strategies, you can break out of the cycle of sadness and rumination and heal with grace and dignity.


Couple Communication after a Baby Dies: Differing Perspectives. Sherokee Ilse & Tim Nelson, $15.95

Couple Communication presents practical perspectives on the differences and similarities of men and women who grieve. This book includes the stories of two couples who have endured the ups, downs, and togetherness since their babies died.


Ghostbelly: a Memoir. Elizabeth Heineman, $20.95

In our mother-blaming culture, women who make unconventional choices find themselves under fire. And Elizabeth Heineman makes unusual choices. She has a baby at an advanced maternal age, chooses home birth with a midwife, and then, when her baby is born dead, she spends time with him. In Ghostbelly, Heineman's brave, disarming, and stunning memoir, she recounts her indescribable grief after delivering a stillborn son, her extraordinary and intimate bonding with the baby's body before the burial, and the impossible task of saying goodbye.

Ghostbelly provides this necessary tale of motherhood — the need to invent our own rituals of grieving, and the unexpected space we occupy when birth and death coincide.

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A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life is Expected to Be Brief. Amy Kuebelbeck & Deborah Davis, $20.50

A GIFT OF TIME is a gentle and practical guide for parents who decide to continue their pregnancy knowing that their baby's life will be brief. 

When prenatal testing reveals that an unborn child is expected to die before or shortly after birth, some parents will choose to proceed with the pregnancy and to welcome their child into the world. With compassion and support, A GIFT OF TIME walks them step-by-step through this challenging and emotional experience — from the infant's life-limiting prenatal diagnosis and the decision to have the baby to coping with the pregnancy and making plans for the baby's birth and death. 

A GIFT OF TIME also offers inspiration and reassurance through the memories of numerous parents who have loved a child who did not survive. Their moving experiences are stories of grief — and of hope. Their anguish over the prenatal diagnosis turns to joy and love during the birth of their child and to gratitude and peace when reflecting on their baby's short life.

Full of practical suggestions for parents and for caregivers, A GIFT OF TIME also features the innovative concept of perinatal hospice and palliative care. Caring and thoughtful, the book helps parents embrace the extraordinary time they will have with their child.


Healing Your Grieving Heart after Stillbirth: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Families. Alan Wolfelt & Raelynn Maloney, $12.95

Stillbirth is an overwhelming loss that is profound and life changing. This compassionate guide offers practical ideas for families including tips on communication between spouses, explaining the death to others, reconciling anger or guilt, remembering the baby who died, and others.

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Help Comfort & Hope after Losing Your Baby in Pregnancy or the First Year. Hannah Lothrop, $22.95

This compassionate, practical and insightful book guides parents through the experience of bereavement and coping. With gentle suggestions, Hannah Lothrop gives parents ideas that are both comforting and practical. The book also includes an extensive section for caregivers — midwives, doctors, nurses, childbirth educators, funeral directors, support-group leaders — providing information and support during this important time.


Life Touches Life: a Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing. Lorraine Ash, $19.50

A beautiful, inspiring story of loss, grief and healing that ultimately, is a celebration of life.


Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief: Stillbirth, Professional, and Personal Losses. Doreen Kenworthy & Mavis Kirkham, $49.50

The experience of stillbirth and other losses in pregnancy at what is usually a time of great joy is tragic for everyone involved, including midwifery professionals. Although research increasingly shows how profound the effects of loss can be, few studies have explored the effects of pregnancy loss — which often leads to other personal and professional traumas such as loss of autonomy or a workplace — on midwives.

This in-depth investigation uses a phenomenological approach to capture midwives’ experiences of loss and grief in their own words, and encompasses both pregnancy loss and wider professional and personal issues. It then makes recommendations to enhance midwives' resilience and ability to cope appropriately, whilst giving maximum support to their clients. Reflections on the emerging implications for midwifery education and practice further broaden the scope of the analysis. The insights in this book will be of great use to midwifery managers and supervisors. They will also help midwives to nurture themselves, their colleagues and their clients.

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Miscarriage, Medicine & Miracles. Bruce Young, $24.50

Providing up-to-date information on physical and mental health, nutrition, and technology, Miscarriage, Medicine & Miracles is a proactive tool and comforting resource — from an expert with real-life reasons to give every woman hope for a successful pregnancy.


Miscarriage: Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks. Henry Lerner, $25.95

A compassionate and practical guide that explores the causes of miscarriage, the tests and procedures that can help prevent a repeat loss and the best methods of recovering and preparing to conceive again. The book includes reassuring advice on the grief, disappointment and depression that can accompany pregnancy loss and the anxiety that may come with the next positive pregnancy test.


Motherhood Lost: a Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America. Linda Layne, $36.95

Scholarly, passionate and personal, this is a thought-provoking exploration of pregnancy loss through the eyes of an anthropologist and mother.

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No New Baby: for Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Who Die Before Birth. Marilyn Gryte, $5.75

Perinatal Loss: a Handbook for Working with Women and Their Families. Sheila Broderick & Ruth Cochrane, $50.50

This practical, compassionate text guide professionals in providing the best possible care through the physical and emotional pain of a pregnancy loss — from early miscarriage, to neonatal death.


SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide: Information & Comfort for the Grieving Family & the Friends & Professionals Who Seek to Help Them. Joani Nelson Horchler & Robin Rice, $21.95

This outstanding compilation of personal accounts and practical, supportive advice is and exceptional resource for families affected by SIDS and infant loss and those who care for them.

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Silent Birth: When Your Baby Dies. Sharon Covington, $4.95

Based on the experiences of parents who have lost an infant during pregnancy, at — or shortly after — birth, Silent Birth will help you know what to expect and what to do when suddenly faced with the trauma of your baby’s death. Though nothing will take away the pain, this booklet is designed to help you find a meaningful way to commemorate your baby’s life and manage your grief.

This brief, compassionate guide is written for parents but will be of value to professionals, family and friends as well.


Someone Came Before You. Pat Schweibert, $12.95 (ages 2-6)

A simple picture book to help families explain the death of a baby to siblings who are born after the loss.


They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Edited by Janet Atlas, $44.00

This selection of personal stories from mothers,, fathers and grandparents inspires and shows readers how to honor and remember their own babies and stories of loss.

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To Full Term: a Mother’s Triumph Over Miscarriage. Darci Klein, $17.50

A powerful and empowering memoir of a woman's fight to bring her fifth pregnancy to full term after years of heartbreak and horrific loss.

To Full Term is the gripping memoir of Darci Klein's pregnancy with her son Sam, and the story of one woman's struggle to give her baby a fighting chance. From refusing to accept outmoded obstetric guidelines to going head-to-head with stubborn medical professionals, to overcoming her own paralyzing fears, Darci faced each challenge to achieve her goal. What she learned on her journey about defending her own reproductive health and coping with the emotional strain of high-risk pregnancy will empower any woman who wants to do all she can to have a full-term, healthy baby.


When a Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope. Robert McKelvey, $29.95

How is it possible for practitioners of the healing arts to cope with the deaths of children and the devastating grief of their families? Physician Robert McKelvey looks squarely at this painful question and gets to the heart of it... in When a Child Dies the focus is on the grieving process of physicians and nurses for their child patients. There is a wealth of information here that will be recognizable and comforting to those already in the medical profession and that will help in the training of those about to enter the profession. Physicians, nurses, and medical students, as well as sociologists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, the clergy, and families, will find this book invaluable.

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When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts. Avril Nagel & Randie Clark, $16.95

The death of your child is devastating. No parent feels that he or she should outlive his or her child. WHEN YOUR CHILD DIES provides grief-stricken parents with the tools to navigate the grieving process and addresses possible challenges including the intrusion of the media, the justice system, medical system and coroners. 

Grieving parents will learn how to reduce anxiety and depression and promote healthy self-soothing, identify and address issues that linger and cause emotional pain following the child’s death and incorporate their loss into their lives in healthy ways. There are suggestions for talking with surviving children about death and grief, how to handle the impact on extended family systems and social relationships, how to foster a continued loving relationship in their lives with the dead child's memory, among other practical advice, as well as providing a comprehensive list of resources and reading for ongoing support.

WHEN YOUR CHILD DIES is a comprehensive handbook for grief-stricken parents, grief counseling organizations, resource centers and library grief collections.


Where's Our Baby? Valerie Oldfield, $19.99

A little boy is trying to make sense of the confusion surrounding the death of his baby sister. He must ask questions to the adults around him and find a way to interpret the things they do and say in order to find his own sense of peace. 

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Resources for Families

About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope. Jessica Berger Gross, editor, $22.50

After the Loss of Your Baby: for Teen Mothers. Connie Nykiel, $4.00

Beyond Prenatal Choice: Support and Information after Pregnancy Termination Due to a Fetal Abnormality. Centering Corporation, $3.25

A Child's View of Grief. Alan Wolfelt, $7.75

Coping with Infertility, Miscarriage, and Neonatal Loss: Finding Perspective and Creating Meaning. Amy Wenzel, $23.95

Couple Communication after a Baby Dies: Differing Perspectives. Sherokee Ilse & Tim Nelson, $15.95

Death of an Infant Twin. Joy & Marvin Johnson, $0.85

Difficult Decisions: for Families whose Unborn Baby Has a Serious Problem. Centering, $4.75

Embracing Laura: the Grief and Healing Following the Death of an Infant Twin. Martha Wegner-Hay, $4.50

Empty Arms: Coping after Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death. Sherokee Ilse, $15.95

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby. Deborah Davis, $21.95

Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses. Claudia Panuthos & Catherine Romeo, $33.95

For Bereaved Grandparents. Margaret Gerner, $5.50

Ghostbelly: a Memoir. Elizabeth Heineman, $20.95

A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby's Life is Expected to Be Brief. Amy Kuebelbeck & Deborah Davis, $20.50

The Good Grief Club. Monica Novak, $23.95

The Grief of Grandparents. Centering, $3.95

Healing a Father's Grief. William Schatz, $4.95

Healing Together: for Couples Whose Baby Dies. Marcie Lister & Sandra Lovell, $4.75

Healing Your Grieving Heart after Stillbirth: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Families. Alan Wolfelt & Raelynn Maloney, $12.95

Life Touches Life: a Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing. Lorraine Ash, $19.50

Loving and Letting Go: for Parents Who Decided to Turn Away from Aggressive Medical Intervention for their Critically Ill Newborns. Deborah Davis, $7.95

Miscarriage: a Man's Book. Rick Wheat, $3.25

Miscarriage: a Shattered Dream. Sherokee Ilse & Linda Hammer Burns, $19.95

Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart. Marie Allen & Shelly Marks, $20.95

Precious Lives, Painful Choices: a Prenatal Decision-Making Guide. Sherokee Ilse, $15.95

Remembering Our Angels: Personal Stories of Healing from a Pregnancy Loss. Hannah Stone, $17.95

SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide: Information & Comfort for Grieving Family & Friends & Professionals Who Seek to Help Them. Joani Nelson Horchler & Robin Rice, $21.95

Silent Birth: When Your Baby Dies. Sharon Covington, $4.95

A Silent Sorrow, Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family. I. Kohn & P. Moffitt, $21.95

Single Parent Grief. Sherokee Ilse, $4.95

Still to Be Born: a Guide for Bereaved Parents Who Are Making Decisions about Their Future. Schwebert & Kirk, $8.50

They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Edited by Janet Atlas, $44.00

This Little While: for Parents Experiencing the Death of a Very Small Infant. Joy & Dr. S.M. Johnson, $4.95

A Time to Decide, a Time to Heal: for Parents Making Difficult Decisions about Babies they Love. M. Minnick, $13.95

Unspeakable Losses: Understanding the Experience of Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage & Abortion. K. Kluger-Bell, $18.00

Unsupported Losses: Ectopic Pregnancy, Molar Pregnancy, and Blighted Ovum. Sherokee Ilse. $4.75

When a Baby Dies: the Experience of Late Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Neonatal Death. J. Kohner & R. Henley, $25.95

When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope. Nadine Galinsky, $17.95

When Hello Means Goodbye: a Guide for Parents. Schweibert & Kirk, $8.95

When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts. Avril Nagel & Randie Clark, $16.95

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Resources for Professionals

Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $29.95

A Caregiver's Handbook to Perinatal Loss. Gary Vogel, $8.50

Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: a Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Chaplains and other Bedside Caregivers. Jane Heustis & Marcia Jenkins, $24.95

Death and Bereavement across Cultures. Colin Murray Parkes et al, $45.95

Giving Care, Taking Care. Sherokee Ilse, $13.95

Loss During Pregnancy or in the Newborn Period: Principles of Care with Clinical Cases and Analyses. James Woods & Jennifer Esposito (eds), $47.95

Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief: Stillbirth, Professional, and Personal Losses. Doreen Kenworthy & Mavis Kirkham, $49.50

Motherhood Lost: a Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America. Linda Layne, $36.95

Perinatal Loss: a Handbook for Working with Women and Their Families. Sheila Broderick & Ruth Cochrane, $50.50

When a Baby Dies: a Handbook for Healing and Helping. Rana Limbo & Sara Wheeler, $22.95

When a Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope. Robert McKelvey, $29.95

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Resources for Helping Children

The Grieving Child: a Parent's Guide. Helen Fitzgerald, $16.50

Guiding Your Child through Grief. Mary Ann Emswiler & James Emswiler, $18.95

Healing a Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $13.50

Parenting through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change. Barbara Coloroso, $22.00

Sibling Grief: After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death. Sherokee Ilse et al, $4.50

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Books for Children

Am I Still a Sister? Alicia Sims, $6.95 (ages 2-6)

The Baby Project. Sarah Ellis, $9.95 (ages 10 to 14)

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: a Story of Life for All Ages. Leo Buscaglia, $17.95 (all ages)

Lifetimes: the Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children. Mellonie & Ingpen, $10.50 (ages 3-8)

My Always Sister: Coloring Book. A Place to Remember, $6.95 (ages 3-7)

No New Baby: for Boys and Girls Whose Expected Sibling Dies. Marilyn Gryte, $5.75 (ages 4-8)

Sad Isn't Bad: a Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss. Michaelene Mundy, $9.50 (ages 3-7)

Someone Came Before You. Pat Schweibert, $12.95 (ages 2-6)

Something Happened: a Book for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced a Pregnancy Loss. Cathy Blanford, $14.95  (ages 2-6)

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief. Marge Heegaard, $9.95 (ages 7-11)

Where's Jess? Jody Goldstein, $5.50 (ages 3-6)

Where's Our Baby? Valerie Oldfield, $19.99

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