We've compiled a list of practitioners in Orange County who offer healing services for families experiencing loss. While no one service can address the entire complex experience of grieving the loss of a child, here are some therapeutic tools and resources for your healing path.
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Kristin is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist offering an array of healing services for women. She sees patients in her office and also offers home visits.
Amanda provides belly binding education sessions that include a beautiful 100% cotton batik wrap handmade to order. She travels all over Orange County.
Birth Story Medicine
Through Birth Story Medicine, Megan offers a safe, nonjudgmental space for women to process the events of birth and find new insights and healing for their journey. Sessions can be done in-home and are about an hour long.
Laura Navarro Pickens, LCSW
Melissa Fisher Goldman, LCSW
Fullerton & Yorba Linda
Alicia Duzman, Ph.D.
Return to Zero Center for Healing
Based in Los Angeles, Ivy Margulies, PsyD, and Kiley Hanish, OTD, ODR/L offer support groups, healing retreats, resources to help normalize grief after loss, resources for pregnancy after loss, referrals for psychologists and psychiatrists, and more.
Based in Laguna Hills, O'Connor Mortuary serves central and south Orange County. Their staff includes experts in grief theory and ritual, and they have a passion for serving families suffering the loss of a child (including pro-bono services). They offer in-hospital pick up and can come directly to your hospital room, so your baby will never have to be alone in the hospital mortuary.
Natural Grace is a funeral home serving LA and Orange Counties. They specialize in natural, eco-friendly, and sensitive services including those experiencing the loss of a young child. Assisting families with needed services for the loss of a fetus or baby is their pro-bono work. These needed services are offered to families at little to no charge. Shari Wolf, the founder of Natural Grace, or one of her colleagues will come and personally pick up your baby. In addition, they have a special fund for families going through the loss of a baby called the "Bigtree Child Fund."
Brandy is one of the most sensitive and loving people we know. She has been a massage therapist for over 10 years, and specializes in postpartum massage. She offers in-home services in Orange County.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
This non-profit organization provides free photography services for families experiencing pregnancy loss. Contact the greater Los Angeles area coordinator at 562.354.1530 between 7am-10pm to be connected with an on-call photographer.
Forever Yours Ultrasound
Forever Yours Ultrasound provides keepsake 2D, 3D/4D, and HD ultrasound photos. Located in Irvine, their beautiful office space is a calm and welcoming environment. Sarah, the sonographer, has a wonderful bedside manner and providing families with an opportunity to bond with their little one during the scanning process.
Forever Yours also creates custom Heartbeat Bears, which make a very special keepsake for families who have some warning that they may not be able to spend much time with their baby after birth.
OC Walk to Remember
The Orange County chapter of Forever Footprints holds a remembrance walk every year in October, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Journey to Remember
Forever Footprints offers a program called Journey to Remember, pairing parents with a caregiver experienced in perinatal loss to provide comfort and care throughout the process.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends an organization dedicated to supporting families after the death of a child. They have several Orange County chapters:
- Newport Beach
- Orange Coast/Irvine
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support provides online resources for families enduring loss and hosts several support groups in the area:
- Ladera Ranch
- Long Beach
- Mission Viejo
- Yorba Linda
Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's and Women's Hospital offers a support group that meets twice a month.