Infant Loss Resources

Grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant is a personal, individual experience. How you grieve depends on several factors such as your personality and coping style, your life experiences, and your faith. The grieving process takes time and healing happens slowly. Through the St.Vincent Women's Hospital's Infant Loss Program program, we offer a variety of resources to help you through your journey toward healing and peace.

We offer printed materials specific to your loss, memorial gifts, as well as individual counseling and guidance to help you through this difficult time.

Literature

Our printed materials can help you learn more about the following topics:

  • Miscarriage *
  • Ectopic Pregnancy *
  • Stillbirth *
  • Newborn Death *
  • Multiples
  • Father's Grief
  • Grief of Grandparents

To order call the Center for Perinatal Loss at (317) 415-7494.

* Available in English and Spanish

Small Wonders Wall

The Small Wonders Wall pays tribute to babies who have passed away. The St.Vincent Foundation invites parents to make a $250 donation for a memorial tile in the name of their beloved child on the Wall. The inclusion of commemorative and memorial tiles on the same wall serves as a reminder of life's beauty and its frailty. Each memorial tile is adorned with an angel, and may include the child's name and date of birth. We can also arrange a special ceremony with family, friends and your pastor at the time you place the tile on the wall.

To order a baby tile, print the brochure here, call (317) 338-5089 or email glbruner@stvincent.org.

Memorial Stillbirth Certificate

A certificate of stillbirth, also called "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth," is different than a death certificate. It was created to help families honor and memorialize their infant's stillbirth in a more personal way. There are a few things to know before requesting a stillbirth certificate:

  • Confirm with your funeral director that your baby's death certificate has been completed and filed.
  • Upon your receipt of the death certificate from your County Health Department, visit Vital Records at the County Health Department (in the county in which you experienced your infant's death).
  • The Vital Records staff will give you an application for the certificate of stillbirth and it will be created for you while you wait. You must present photo identification. Note: There is a small fee for the certificate of stillbirth.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to receive your certificate of stillbirth via US mail. If you choose this method, please create and enclose a letter requesting a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth," include your baby's full name, mother's name (include maiden name, if applicable), and father's name. Include a photocopy of your photo identification (i.e. driver's license, work or school, etc.) and a check payable to the County in which you experienced your infant's death in the amount of $10. Your certificate will be mailed to you.
    • In Marion County, mail your request to:
      Vital Records, Marion County Health Department
      2828 N. Rural Avenue
      Indianapolis, IN 46205
     

Counseling

If you have experienced the loss of a baby under the age of one year old, the St.Vincent Women's Hospital Center for Perinatal Loss offers one-on-one and/or couple counseling to help you through this difficult time and guide you toward healing. Counseling sessions are free of charge. Please call the Center for Perinatal Loss at (317) 415-7494 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Lending Library

Families can check out books, magazines, CDs, videos and DVDs at the St.Vincent Women's Hospital Lending Library. We offer a broad range of materials on topics like pregnancy, pregnancy and infant loss, and early parenting. Call (317) 415-8163 for more information.