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
We offer printed materials specific to your loss, memorial gifts, as
well as individual counseling and guidance to help you through this
Our printed materials can help you learn more about the following topics:
- Miscarriage *
- Ectopic Pregnancy *
- Stillbirth *
- Newborn Death *
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.