Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
The mission of Three Little Birds Perinatal is to provide immediate and long-term advocacy and support to families experiencing the devastating loss of a pregnancy or baby in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey metro area. Three Little Birds connects with the medical community, families, researchers and other advocacy groups to educate people on pregnancy and infant loss and the associated grief, as well as support efforts in the research and prevention of such tragedies.
I AM A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTING A FAMILY
Learn how to understand patient's personal, cultural and ethnic diversity in validating and supporting families
Click here for information on encouraging families, the importance of photography and memory making.
I AM A PARENT EXPERIENCING A LOSS
Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Neonatal Loss, Uncertain & Life Limiting Diagnosis and Infertility Support
Click here for more information, resources and support available to you and your family. We also support pregnancy following a loss.
I AM A FAMILY MEMBER/FRIEND SUPPORTING A FAMILY THROUGH LOSS
Information on how to feel helpful when everything feels hopeless
Click here for some helpful ideas and considerations that can really make a difference
THREE LITTLE BIRDS SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Each family deserves to tell their own unique story. Find out about the services and programs Three Little Birds offers to families in the Philadelphia & Southern NJ region.
IMMEDIATE SUPPORT SERVICES
While we cannot change what has happened, we can walk the journey alongside you, advocate for your needs and provide continuing support after losing a much wanted baby.
Three Little Birds Perinatal offers all of its support services and programs at NO COST to our families. The items for sale in our Etsy store are intended to provide comfort and validate families locally and globally who have suffered the loss of a much wanted child. 100% of profits from this store support our programs and services. We now ship to the UK and Australia!
STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS & HOPE
Here are the true stories of some of our Three Little Birds families and how our services had a postive lasting impact.
MAKING MEMORIES WITH MIRA
Nine months. Nine months is a long time. It's how long Ali and Joe tried to get pregnant. Nine long months of pregnancy tests with just one line. Tears and pain, wondering and questioning. And in that ninth month, when all hope was dwindling.......finally, a positive pregnancy test (or 4!) Their prayers had been answered and they were overjoyed to finally become parents!
Two weeks later, Ali had some bleeding and went to see the doctor, where she was diagnosed with a blighted ovum and empty gestational sac. No baby.
However, having more blood work done over the next few days and seeing her Hcg levels rise, it was clear to her doctors that in fact, she was actually still pregnant. They repeated an ultrasound soon after and witnessed a miracle....there was a little heartbeat!
In late 2016, the Laughlin family was told their precious daughter had a condition known as Hydrops Fetalis. After several procedures to correct her condition in utero, Jodi and Alex delivered their perfect baby girl, who passed away shortly after birth. They named her Noelle Philomena. Noelle because it means Christmas and embodies the spirit of faith, hope and love; values that they continue to hold close to their hearts despite this devastating loss. Philomena was chosen to honor Jodi’s Mother. It wasn’t until later that they discovered St. Philomena is the patron Saint of infants.
Three Little Birds Co-Founder and NILMDTS Volunteer Photographer, Desiree Miller, met the Laughlin family after she received a request for photography services. Upon hearing her name, Desiree assumed she was named after the holiday season and she stopped to purchase a small pink stocking for Noelle and her family. She spent time photographing and making memories with the family, walking the journey with them as they said hello and goodbye to their first child.
After their first pregnancy ended at six weeks, the Thierry family found themselves pregnant a few months later. After reaching the second trimester milestone, they decided to share their good news with family and friends, only to have the pregnancy end abruptly at 16 weeks.
Naturally, the Thierry’s were devastated. They mourned the loss of their baby and in an effort to find meaning and inspiration in their struggles, they named their second baby, Hope. They began to find healing in incorporating Hope into their lives as they struggled to understand why both pregnancies ended.
After having corrective surgery and given the all clear from their doctors, the Thierry’s tried again to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. The anxiety of trying for another baby became overwhelming after discovering they were pregnant again. The doctors gave them positive feedback that the pregnancy looked good even though she was considered high-risk and Baby Chase, their rainbow baby, would be coming in a few short months.
FOR THIS CHILD, WE HAVE PRAYED
At their 20 week anatomy scan, the Edgar Family was told their son was diagnosed with anencephaly. The family was given the option of termination or carrying to term. As a Christian family, they decided to carry their son James to term and celebrate his life and their time together as a family.
The Edgar’s reached out to Three Little Birds Perinatal at the urging of their hospital's Perinatal Coordinator. We met with the Edgar’s in their home andpresented them with a customized Palliative Care Packet, complete with resources and information they might find helpful in planning for the remainder of their pregnancy, welcoming James and ultimately saying goodbye. The family took a few
weeks to review the information and decide what services were the best for them in this situation.
The family requested our services to prepare a birth plan. They felt empowered by having a slight control over some aspects of their birth and were happy they could plan ahead for his arrival. Additionally, the family requested a Palliative Care Maternity Session with Three Little Birds to celebrate their pregnancy and family
OVER THE RAINBOW...
February 9th. This was the due date Kathleen and her husband Brian were given for their daughter Scarlet.
They had an unremarkable and healthy pregnancy with absolutely no complications.
There was nothing to hint that anything would go wrong.
At 36 weeks 5 days into her pregnancy, Kathleen noticed less movement from Scarlet. She decided to get checked at the hospital just to make sure everything was okay. That's when their world came crashing down.
They were told "I'm sorry, there is no heartbeat".
THE STORY OF A GIRL NAMED JIMMIE
As we approach Mother’s Day, my third as a loss mom, I feel ready, willing and able to tell you a beautiful story that I carry in my heart….A story about a girl named Jimmie.
You see, when we found out we were pregnant, my husband Brent and I had so many questions…Who is this person who magically appeared in our lives? Who will they be? What is their journey and what will they be remembered for?
We did not realize just how daunting the task of finding the perfect name would be! We scoured books and internet articles to find the name that would define our beautiful perfect child, whoever he or she would be. Little did we know, she chose her name and the legacy that would be her brief, but impactful life.
EVERYONE NEEDS SUPPORT
We understand how overwhelming this is and how hard it can be to talk to others. Our organization was founded by volunteers with similar experiences hoping to help others going through the same. Our nest is comprised of certified Bereavement Doulas, medical professionals and grieving families. Please reach out to us however you feel comfortable as you walk your healing journey. It would be an honor to walk along side you.
Call or text: 856-656-6436
FAMILIES: If you are in need of direct support or have any questions, please contact us at the phone number and email address below. Text messaging is acceptable.
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: For the availability of our volunteer bereavement doulas and photographers, please complete the form below with a phone number we can text, your hospital facility, the situation and time frame for delivery. Someone will be in touch with you within the hour.
ADMINISTRATIVE: For Fiscal Sponsor matters, please contact Jerry Tapley, Executive Director, Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC) Philly. Three Little Birds Perinatal is a fiscally-sponsored non-profit project of FNC. Their offices are located at 1901 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
1901 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
Phone or Text: 856-656-6436