Support Groups & Counseling

The following are support groups and counselors who specialize in helping families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a baby at any time. If you know of other groups or counselors that should be added to this list, please contact Amy Carr.

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Support Groups and Parent Organizations

The Compassionate Friends

If you and your family have experienced the loss of a child, The Compassionate Friends can help you find the support, understanding and healing to work through the trauma. It’s important to understand the psychological, emotional and physical effects involved. They want you to know that the extremes that you’re dealing with are understandable and manageable, and there are steps you can take to begin working through the grief.

Still Standing – Embracing Life After Loss & Infertility

An online magazine and community. “In the face of loss and infertility the mission of Still Standing is to show the world that we are still standing. We are holding fast to resilience and hope. Our mission is to help you embrace life for everything that it is after experiencing the loss of a child or infertility.”

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual, and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit. The secondary purpose of Share is to provide information, education, and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to aid those in the community, including family, friends, employers, members of the congregation, caregivers, and others in their supportive role.

Center for Loss in Multiple Births

Non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, serving families and others throughout the United States, Canada and beyond. Their mission is to provide parent-to-parent support for those who have experienced the death of one or more of our twins or higher multiple birth children at any time from conception through birth, infancy and early childhood.

Central Texas-based Support Groups

Covenant Presbyterian Church Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

3003 Northland Dr., Austin, Texas 78757 | Phone: (512) 454-5231

Member-led group that meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope has created Face2Face Friendship Groups as a means of getting women together, face-to-face, who have experienced a loss of a child, whether it was by miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. They meet every other Sunday in the greater Austin area at various locations such as coffee houses, restaurants and parks. Their goal is to encourage long-lasting friendships, and to provide a place for safe and open grief sharing in a supportive environment. Please RSVP by emailing the Group Leader, Annette Benavides.

The Christi Center

2306 Hancock Dr, Austin, Tx, 78756 | 512-467-2600

A non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides free grief support for anyone who has lost a loved one regardless of circumstances. Library is available. Meetings each Monday from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Hospice Austin

Hospice Austin offers Families in Grief, a 6-week bereavement counseling program, to assist grieving families with children ages 6-18.  The program is open to anyone in the community. The meetings are held at Hospice Austin’s offices at 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, 78759. The kids will be grouped with others near their age who have experienced similar losses; they  will be encouraged to express their feelings through discussion, art, storytelling, and play. Their caregivers will meet separately to learn how to nurture themselves and their children through the grief process.

Other eight-week support groups for adults are available including loss of a spouse/partner, loss of a parent, loss of a sibling, loss of an adult child and a sudden loss.

Postpartum Support for Moms

Any Baby Can | 1121 E 7th St.  Austin, TX 78702 | (512)733.5224

Mothers who are grieving the loss of a child can be especially vulnerable to postpartum anxiety and depression. There is a free postpartum support group offered through Postpartum International. Facilitated by Dr. Kelly Boyd, Licensed Psychologist/Group Facilitator. No registration is required.

Please call Dr. Boyd to discuss if this group is right for you. Or contact PSI Support Coordinator Kim Foster kkgfoster [at] gmail [dot] com

My Healing Place

8401 Shoal Creek Blvd. Austin, TX 78757 | (512) 472-7878

My Healing Place is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to assist children and adults as they move from loss to life through support, therapy, education, training and consultation throughout the greater Austin area. They offer individual counseling, play therapy, support groups and retreats to serve all individuals who are in need of grief, loss, and trauma-related services, regardless of ability to pay.

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Griefshare Support Group

3501 Red River, Austin, Texas 78705 | Phone: (512) 472-8301

Christian-based 13-week support group, which is always open to new members and the community at-large. Services are offered free of charge. Simply call for information about dates and meeting times.

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Groups

2400 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock, Texas 78681 | Phone:  (512) 341-1000

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month in classroom #3 located on the 1st floor behind the gift shop at from 7 PM-8:30 PM. Call for information.

  • Pregnancy Loss/Infant Death – First and Third Thursday
  • Subsequent Pregnancy after loss – Second Thursday
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Fourth Sunday

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center – Pregnancy Loss Support Group

901 W. Ben White Blvd. Austin, Texas 78704 | Phone: (512) 447-2211 or Bonnie:  (512) 791-2668

South Austin Medical Center, Support Group for those who have suffered an infant’s death through miscarriage or newborn death. Meets every Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m. Please call for more information.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas: Burial Assistance Fund & Bereavement Support

1315 Barbara Jordan Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78723 | (512) 472-9844

RMHC Charities of Austin and Central Texas ensures that families who have lost children due to illness or injury are not left without resources. Their Healing Hearts program provides burial assistance funds and bereavement support groups to families throughout the Austin area.

Central Texas Grief Counselors

Kelly Boyd, PsyD

400 W Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664 | Phone: 512-733-5224

Dr. Kelly Boyd is a licensed clinical psychologist in Austin, Texas.  She is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Reproductive Psychology and currently maintains a full time private practice.  Her area of expertise involves working with various reproductive traumas including infertility, miscarriage, high risk pregnancy/delivery, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, perinatal grief and loss, hysterectomy and menopause.

Blaine H. Carr, Ph.D.

3215 Steck Avenue, Ste. 100, Austin,TX 78757| Phone: (512) 452-2929 x22| bcarr[at]austin.rr.com

Blaine H. Carr, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in North Austin. He specializes in assessment and psychotherapy for adults, children, and couples. Areas of expertise include – but are not limited to – Adjustment Difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Depression, Grief/Loss, Panic Attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Premature Birth of a Child, Medical Rehabilitation. Relationship Issues, Stress and Coping, Substance Abuse, and Trauma.

Dawn K. Gibson, LCSW,  Mindful Mothering

1709 Rio Grande Street | Austin, Texas   78701 | Phone: (512) 517-5477 | dawn [at] mindfulmotheringaustin [dot] com

Dawn Gibson is a licensed clinical social worker, and created Mindful Mothering out of her passion for helping women who are pregnant , postpartum, and/or who have young children. A mother of three, she has more than 14 years experience helping mothers transition with ease, grace and support to motherhood. She utilizes mindfulness, Conscious Heart Integration, body-centered psychotherapy and talk therapy in her practice. She also has training in Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy. Previously, Gibson worked as a Perinatal Social Worker for a major hospital in Austin where she provided brief counseling, support, education, and resources to women and families in the maternity and antepartum unit, and a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  She has a B.S. degree in social psychology from Park University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University.

Worth Kilcrease, LPC

4833 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 101, Austin, Texas  78759 | (512) 658-2674

Worth Kilcrease is a licensed professional counselor and fellow in thanatology whose practice emphasizes end-of-life, bereavement, and grief counseling in Austin, Texas with a specialty in pregnancy and infant loss.

 

 

 

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