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
Megan Joyce Wellness
Megan Joyce and Christine Sanmiquel are Licensed Acupuncturists and herbalists offering an array of healing services. Their nourishing care can be so beneficial during grief and loss.
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. 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 very important to them, and 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."
Lactation (pumping and/or lactation suppression)
For more information about lactation after loss in general, look at our general resources page.
Marlee Malone-Franklin (lactation counselor)
Marlee offers holistic, non-clinical support for parents suppressing their milk supply after loss, or creating a plan to donate milk. She offers in-home support visits free of charge for families experiencing stillbirth or infant loss.
Réka Moravay, IBCLC
Réka offers clinical lactation support. She serves clients in their own homes or in her office in Huntington Beach.
Massage can be a meaningful and nourishing way to reconnect with yourself physically after loss. These massage therapists offer in-home visits in Orange County for your privacy and comfort.
Gabriella has a warm and loving touch and brings a sense of sacred quietness with her.
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.
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:
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:
Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's and Women's Hospital offers a support group that meets twice a month.