Maternal and Infant Mortality Review Panel

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The following Internet web sites are listed for your convenience. This is not all-inclusive, nor should it be considered an endorsement of the accuracy of, or support for, the information/views expressed in each site.


May 1, 2010

Local Bereavement Services/Resources

  • Bangor Area Visiting Nurses - Provides bereavement services to their clients. Serves Bangor
    area, southern Penobscot and parts of Hancock County and Waldo County.
    885 Union Street, Suite 220, Bangor, ME 04401, phone - 207 973-6550,
  • Compassionate Friends Maine Chapters - Provides support to family members and friends
    after the death of a child.
    • Dover-Foxcroft
      TCF of Piscataquis County
      (877) 969-0010
      Gloria Davis
      Meeting Info: Call the National Office for contact information (877-969-0010 - toll-free)
    • Houlton
      TCF of Southern Aroostook
      Contact: Lori
      Meeting Info: 2nd Wednesday/month 6:30 pm Houlton Regional Hospital - Hartford
    • Lewiston
      TCF of Lewiston, Maine
      (207) 388-3368
      Contact: Kathleen
      Meeting Info: 2nd Wednesday/month 6:00 pm OCR room D'Youville Pavilion - 102 Campus
    • South Paris
      Chapter Name: TCF of Oxford Hills
      Chapter Number: 2263
      (207) 336-2781
      Meeting Info: 1st Tuesday of each month 6:00 pm Haskell House
  • Bereaved Parents Support Group External site disclaimer - Contact: Rhonda Wiles, (207) 778-5911
    Franklin Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Farmington, ME 04938,
    Support group for parents who have lost a child.
    Serves Franklin County.
  • Center for Grieving Children External site disclaimer - (207) 775-5216
    555 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04104,
    Provides support for children, occasionally groups for parents of children as the need arises - useful for siblings.
    Serves southern Maine.
  • Guidance Through Grief Support Group - (207) 777-7740
    Central Maine Medical Center, 12 High Street, Lewiston, ME 04240,
    6 week structured support group and education services.
    Serves Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Sagadahoc counties.
  • Hospice of Hancock County External site disclaimer - 1(888)266-8035
    14 McKenzie Avenue, Ellsworth, ME 04605, 667-2531,
    Provides group and individual bereavement services.
    Serves Hancock County.
  • Hospice of York External site disclaimer - (207) 363-7000
    Medical Office Building Basement, 16 Hospital Drive, York, ME 03909,
    General bereavement support and Living with Loss Support Group, a 10 week general support group for persons who have experienced a loss. Appropriateness of group may depend on make-up of group.
    Serves York County.
  • Hospice Volunteers Center for Grief and Loss in Mid Coast Maine External site disclaimer - (207) 729-3602
    45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011
    Provides a variety of bereavement services from groups to peer counseling depending on the need of the individual.
    Serves Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties.
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County - (207) 474-7775
    19 Pleasant Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976
    Support group for adults who have experienced a death.
    Serves Somerset County.
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County - (207) 930-2677
    119 Northport Avenue, Belfast, ME 04915
    Has a large resource library open to the public with specific section on infant deaths. Match trained volunteers for 1 on 1 support. Sometimes run groups depending on the need.
    Serves Waldo and Knox counties.
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area External site disclaimer - (207) 873-3615
    304 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04903
    Provides a variety of bereavement services, including a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of an infant, miscarriage or stillborn, 1 on 1 volunteers and lending library.
    Serves Kennebec County and Waterville area.
  • Maine SIDS Foundation - Contact: Michelle Corson (207) 474-6478 voice/fax
    22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME
    Support group meetings held Tuesdays at 7 pm
    Serving all of Maine.
  • March of Dimes - Maine Chapter: (207) 878-1199 or 1(800) 668-5678
    60 Gray Road, Unit 8, Falmouth, ME 04105
    Bereavement materials for families with a loss from conception through the first month of life. Information and links to other resources.
    Serving all of Maine.
  • Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
    A nonprofit organization that provides photography services for families who have lost an infant. Volunteer
    photographers can be found on the website and will come to the hospital or hospice and conduct a private portrait session. Time and services are donated. NILMDTS is supported through donations.
  • Pine Tree Hospice - (207) 564-4346,
    895 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
    Provides general bereavement support group. Offers the Evergreen program for children who have experienced the loss of a sibling. This includes a group for parents while their children are receiving services.
    Serves Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset counties
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group - Contact: Peg Bradstreet or Charles A. Dana (207) 662-2827
    Health Education Center, Classroom 10, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102, Provides support and information for families who have lost an infant or experienced a miscarriage or stillborn death. Located in Cumberland County
    Serving all of Maine.
  • Share Maine Groups - Provide support to those who have lost a baby through early pregnancy
    loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
    • Bangor - serves greater Penobscot area Empty Arms - A Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
      Contact: Pam Houston (207) 973-8742 or Aimee Gerbi (207) 827-4364
      Eastern Maine Medical Center Phillips-Oliver 5 489 State Street, Bangor, ME 04402
      Fax: (207) 973-9844
  • Sharing Through Experience Support Group - (207) 212- 9528 or (207) 851-6029
    100 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240
    Support group for adults who have lost an infant or pregnancy, meets 3rd Tuesday, 7 - 8:30 pm.
    Serves Lewiston and surrounding area. (Also Pregnancy and Infant Support Group for St. Mary’s,(207) 777-4300)

Internet Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - AAP External site disclaimer
    Maine Chapter, 160 Fifth St., Auburn , ME 04210-6717
    E-mail:Aubrie Gridley Entwood
  • Babies Remembered Consulting - External site disclaimer
    Offering personal, professional, and facility and organizational services such as: Program Evaluation,
    Development, and Expansion, Education, Speakers, Caregiver Support, Identification of
    Resources, Perinatal Loss Birth Planning, Companioning, Peer Support Training, etc.
  • Centering Corporation - External site disclaimer
    Provides education and resources for the bereaved, with many books and pamphlets for those who have
    experienced an infant loss.
  • Compassionate Friend - External site disclaimer
    Though its national office, internet resources and local chapters (Maine chapters listed above), The Compassionate Friends provide support to family members and friends after the death of a child.


General Resources

  • 211 Maine External site disclaimer - Provides program description and contact information for services across the state. Search: grief, bereavement services, infant death, mental health services, counseling services.
  • General Counseling and Supportive Resources - In addition to the resources specific to infant
    death listed above, general counseling services and/or a person’s faith community and related
    pastoral services might also be appropriate referrals.

Pregnancy Loss - Bibliography

  • Allen, M. & Marks, S. (1993). Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Davis, Deb. (1996). Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing.
  • Douglas, A. & Sussman, J. (2000). Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy after Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss. Dallas: Taylor Publishing.
  • Horchler, Joani Nelson & Rice, Robin. (2003). SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide. Maryland: SIDS Educational Services.
  • Isle, Sheroke & Nelson, Tim (2008). Couple Communication After a Baby Dies. Minnesota: Wintergreen Press.
  • Isle, Sherokee. (2008). Empty Arms-Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death, Surviving the First Hours and Beyond. Minnesota: Wintergreen Press.
  • Isle, Sherokee & Burns, Linda Hammer. (2001). Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream. Minnesota:
    Wintergreen Press.
  • Isle, Sherokee. ( 1993). Precious Lives, Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-making Guide. Minnesota: Wintergreen Press.
  • Kluger-Bell, Kim. (2000). Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss.Minneapolis: Quill Publishers.
  • Kohn, I. & Moffitt, P. (2000). A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family. London: Routlege.
  • Kushner, Harold. (1981). When Bad Things Happen to Good People. New York: Shocken Books.
  • Lanham, Carol. (1999). Pregnancy After a Loss. Berkley: Berkley Publishing
  • Limbo, R. & Wheeler, S. (1986 and 2003). When a Baby Dies. LaCrosse: Resolve Through Sharing [1st printing].
  • Peppers, L. & Knapp, R. (1985). How To Go On Living After the Death of a Baby. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers.
  • Schwiebert, P. & Kirk, P. Still to Be Born: A Guide for Bereaved Parents Who Are Making Decisions About Their Future. Portland, OR: Perinatal Loss Company. Phone (503)284-7426

For Information Contact:
Ellie Mulcahy, Panel Coordinator,
Maternal and Infant Mortality Review Panel
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Maine DHHS, 286 Water Street
11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Phone: 207-287-4623
Instate toll free: 1-800-698-3624
TTY: 1-800-606-6015