The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) is pleased to announce that we have become a Share Site. Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is a national organization. Their mission 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. For more information visit their website www.nationalshare.org.
Share Groups enable families to share in their sadness, find support and rebuild their hopes through connections, comfort and care. Share Groups provide an opportunity to come together with a community of other parents... to understand the experience of loss...and to see the uniqueness of each baby's life and their similar experiences. Share Groups create an atmosphere where grieving parents with similar experiences can come together and feel comfortable sharing their feelings about loss and their love for their babies. Participation is absolutely free, voluntary and all information is kept confidential.
Provider: Healthy Start Contracted Provider
Avanti Support & Services
Location: Jackson North Medical Center
160 NW 170 Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33169
Meetings: 1st Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Contact: Marie Nelson, Healthy Start Program
Phone: (305) 255-5363
Provider: Healthy Start Contracted Provider
Jessie Trice Community Health Center
Location: 5361 NW 22 Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
Meetings: Last Thursday of every month
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Contact: Nadege Vilsaint
Phone: (305) 637-6400 x 15202
Location: The Gathering Place
5810 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137
Meetings: 4th Monday of every month
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: The Gathering Place
Phone: (786) 953-6417
South Miami Area
Location: South Miami Hospital
Education Center, Medical Library
6200 SW 73rd Street, Miami, FL 33143
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Language: English and Spanish can be provided if necessary
Contact: Bridget Murphy, LCSW
Phone: (786) 662-8106, Social Services Department
Additional Services for Families in Miami-Dade County
Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade
Description: Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group and individual counseling. All services are free, voluntary and confidential. Services are provided by Masters Level therapists.
Brochures on Stillbirth & Infant Loss and Early Pregnancy Loss are available in English and Spanish. Brochures may be viewed online at: www.hscmd.org/educationbrochures.asp
Phone: (305) 541-0210
Children's Bereavement Center
Description: Peer Support Groups for adults, children, teens and young adults (elementary through college) who are grieving the death of a loved one. Orientations are held monthly for families considering participation.
Location: Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (additional locations in Miami Shores and Fort Lauderdale)
Contact: Kathy Kramer, Mindy Cassel or Peter Willig
Phone: (305) 668-4902
Compassionate Friends (Miami Chapter)
Description: A non-denominational meeting place for parents, grandparents and others grieving children of any age to come together. Lending library and other resources. Annual candle lighting ceremony.
Location: Temple Beth AM (Extended Social Hall), 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156
Meeting: 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:15pm
Contact: Cindy Baum or Shelly Ellis
Phone: (305) 460-5762
Florida Chapter of the TEARS Foundation
Description: This non-profit organization offers financial assistance to help bereaved parents with the cost of infant burial or cremation expenses as well as ongoing emotional support. A grave marker program supports families who are unable to purchase a marker for their child.
Florida SIDS Alliance
Description: Continuous source of assistance to parents who lose a child suddenly and unexpectedly, particularly due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Phone: 1-800-SIDS-FLA (1-800-743-7352)
National Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Description: Provides support to those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.
Description: Provides support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause.
Phone: 1-888-455-MISS (1-888-455-6477)
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Description: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) connects families with volunteer photographers who donate the gift of infant remembrance photography. NILMDTS will retouch photographs taken by hospitals or family members when volunteer photographers were unavailable.
Phone: 1- 877-834-5667
Bereaved Parents of the USA
Description: A national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved, be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
March of Dimes
Description: Provides research to problems that threaten the health of babies and promotes healthy pregnancies. The mission is to prevent premature birth and birth defects and educate moms and support families in need.