"You were born silent. Perfect and beautiful. Still loved. Still missed. Still remembered. Everyday. Stillborn. But still born"

-Michelle Salisbury

What Is A Bereavement Doula?

A Bereavement Doula assists with pregnancy-related grief and bereavement which can be through miscarriage, abortion, fetal demise, stillbirth, and infant death. As a full-spectrum doula, I strive to support individuals in my community regardless of reproductive choice or outcome. I also recognize that bereavement may have it's own timeline, or arrive and linger unexpectedly and indefinitely. Bereavement may include working through challenging feelings after a miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, unplanned outcome, adoption process, and other complex factors or it may be connected or compounded by inter-generational, familial, social, cultural, or medical treatment related issues. 

Having an Bereavement Doula during your experience can alleviate anxiety and help with aftercare. I listen to you and respond compassionately and without judgment, I honor your unique needs and feelings throughout your experience. Your well-being is my only concern.  I also provide in-person and telephone support before, during and after elective or medically neccessary procedures that take place both inside and outside the hospital and home. I am a fully trained and certified bereavement doula through Still Birthday and will be honored to support you through this time.

Some of the services I provide as a bereavement doula are:

  • Answering questions and providing resources as needed.

  • Giving one-on-one support  throughout your unique situation.

  • Offering emotional support to help you process your birth.

  • Taking photos, as desired, along with keepsakes such as foot prints and handprints.

  • Helping you with physical relaxation and stress relieving methods.

  • Supporting you postpartum.

  • Providing you with spiritual support.

  • Encouraging you to advocate for the exact experience you want.

  • Helping your loved ones through this tough and emotional time.

  • Refering you to other support services, including medical, mental health, social and cultural services, funeral and church arrangements and more.

  • Providing you with postpartum support immediately after loss.

When Should You Call Me?

Ideally, as soon as a loss is identified. However, it is never too late to contact me. I will be able to support you over the phone, email, video, or in person, and provide you with the neccessary resources to grieve, mourn, and heal. I am available 24/7 to assist you.

I provide all bereavement services free of charge, as I don't want you to ever worry about funds after a loss.  

Areas We Serve:

All cities in North Carolina within a 65-mile radius of Statesville. If you live out of the service area, contact us for pricing. We want everyone to have access to our quality services.


Locations We Serve:

Homebirth | Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center | Davis Regional Medical Center |  Lake Norman Regional Medical Center | All Novant Hospitals |  Frye Regional Medical Center | Wake Forest Baptist |  All Atrium Hospitals | Magnolia Birth Center | Forsyth Medical Center | Catawba Valley Medical Center | CaroMont and more...

We Specialize In:

Medicated Childbirth | Unmedicated Childbirth | Epidurals | Natural Birth | Emergency Cesarean Birth | Planned Cesarean Birth | VBAC | Hospital Birth | Birth Center Birth | Water Birth | Home Birth | OB/GYN | Midwives | Breastfeeding | Bottle-Feeding | Pre-Eclampsia | Induction | Overnight Care | Babywearing | Advanced Maternal Age | Addiction Recovery | Fertility/Infertility | IVF | High Risk Pregnancy | Multiples | Anxiety Disorders | PTSD | Single Parents | Solo Parents | Surrogacy | Adoption | LGBTQI+ | Diverse Families | Bereavement | Cloth Diapering | Placenta Encapsulation | Postpartum Support | Postpartum Depression

The Statesville Doula LLC, provides a full spectrum of doula support and is committed to providing superior support to all families regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, age, family structure, physical abilities, or religious and cultural beliefs.
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