Support Sites, Counselors and Groups

Finding Help

We’ve put together a list of support sites, groups, and counselors that have experience helping grieving parents in the healing process of terminating a wanted pregnancy. If you know of other support sites, groups, or counselors in the U.S. or Canada, please reach out to share the information.

General Support Sites, Counselors and Groups

Local Counselors and Support Groups: United States 


Phoenix: Phoenix Perinatal Associates
Nicole Weston, MS, Genetic Counselor at (602) 528-0060 x561



Oakland: Beyond Choice, Genetic Support Group
Contact Jeanne Menary, PH.D. (510) 845-4656 or Ann Bourguignon, Genetic Counselor, (510) 752-6755

San Francisco: California Pacific Medical Center
Contact Kerstin Spangner, Genetic Counselor, at (415) 600-2628

Stanford: Surviving Painful Decisions
Genetic Support Group at Stanford Medical Center, Call (415) 723-5198



Denver: Difficult Decisions—A Time to Heal.



Farmington: HOPE
University of Connecticut Health Center, Genetics MC-6310, Farmington, CT 06030
Contact Leslie Ciarleglio, MS or Alicia Craffey, MS



Atlanta: A Time to Heal
Northside Hospital, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
Contact Cathy Wing or Barbara Douglas at (404) 851-8177



Chicago: Support Group for Prenatal Decisions
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
To register, Contact Nancy A. Goldin, L.C.S.W., Coordinator for Perinatal Loss, at (708) 570-2883,
Group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:30 — 9:00 PM



Indianapolis: Shared Concerns Support Group
Co-sponsored by Indiana University Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Indiana
Contact Jane Heustis at (317) 929-8153 or Lynn Deardorff (317) 274-1639



Des Moines: Prenatal Decision Conference
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, 1200 Pleasant, Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact Linda Bets, Department of Chaplaincy at (515) 241-5845

Iowa City: Prenatal Loss Support Group
Duffy and Associates, 1039 Arthur Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Contact Alison Milburn at (319) 337-9649



Bethesda: Licensed Psychologist
Rachel E.K. Freedman, Ph.D.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 529-6944
Groups meetings are held on some Saturdays and Thursday evenings for individuals and couples who have terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons

Rockville: Julie Bindeman, Psy-D
5818 B Hubbard Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 801-6775;



Boston: G.O.A.L. (Going on After Loss)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Contact Laura Lubetsky, L.I.C.S.W. at (617) 732-5500 ext. 32214

Boston: Boston Metrowest: Listening, Reflecting, Healing
Individual and group support services
Contact Mary-Frances Garber, MS, CGC at (781) 366-5300
Licensed Genetic Counselor,

Springfield: Prenatal Decision Support and Information Group
Baystate Medical Center, Women & Infants’ Unit, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199
Contact Karen Banta, MSW at (413) 784-5402



Ann Arbor: SHARING – Support and Healing After Difficult Decisions
Open meeting held every third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan – East Ann Arbor Health Center. RSVP required.
Call (734)-615-0322 or (734) 936-9758

East Lansing: Genetics Support Group
Michigan State University, B-240 Life Sciences Building, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact Tonya Diehn or Susan Selke at (517) 353-2030



Minneapolis/St. Paul: Perinatal Center
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 E. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact Joanne O’Leary, Shari Baldinger or Bonnie Hunt at (612) 863-4502

Rochester: (SE Minnesota and SW Wisconsin area): Mayo Perinatal Loss Support Group
Rochester Methodist Hospital, C/O Jeri Sehl, 3W-20 Eisenberg Building, Rochester MN, 55902, Phone (507) 266-7360


New Jersey

Long Branch: HART-Healing And Recovering after Termination
Monmouth Medical Center, 255 3rd Ave. Long Branch, New Jersey 07740.
Contact Judy Rokeach or Ivy Leight (732) 923-6527

Summit: FATE — Feelings After the Termination Experience
Center for Human & Molecular Genetics, 90 Bergen Street, Suite 5400, Newark, NJ 07101
Contact Gisela Rodriguez at (973) 972-3302,


New York

Albany: St. Peter’s Hospital
Contact Maureen Cavanagh, (518) 525-1388

Long Island: Winthrop University Hospital
259 First St. (516) 663-2288 or (516) 742-2934 Anna Orologio, A.C.S.W. We provide support groups for AHC and individual counseling

New York City: Mount Sinai Medical Center
1 Gustave Levy Place, New York, New York 10029
Contact Laurie Chameides at (212) 241-4685

New York City: Painful Choices in Pregnancy Support Groups
30 E. 60th Street, Suite 802, New York
Contact Joann Paley Galst at (212) 759-2783

Suffern: Good Samaritan Hospital
Rt. 59, Suffern, NY 10901
Contact Pamela Magi, RN at (845) 368-5297. Serves Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Ulster and Putnam counties in New York state and Bergen and Passaic counties in New Jersey

Watertown: Samaritan Medical
830 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601
Contact Sheila Marie at (315) 785-4184 or (315) 785-4182

Williamsville: Precious Lives (Caring Arms Support Circle)
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Williamsville, New York
Contact Kathleen Skipper, R.N.C. at (716) 568-6653


North Carolina

Fayetteville: SHARE
Fayetteville Diagnostic Center, 1767 Metromedical Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304.
Contact (910) 323-2209 on Tue/ Thur or (910) 487-2986 (Mon/ Wed/Fri). FAX (910) 323-9860

Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: HOPE (Helping Other Parents Endure)
Contact Carla Boor Smith or DJ Pappas at (919) 966-2229



Cincinnati: SHARED (Shared Help After Reproductive Decisions)
Children’s Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039.
Contact Martha Walker at (513) 559-4798



Philadelphia: A Time for Healing
Sunday evenings, 2nd or 3rd of the month, 7-9 pm, 191 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 133-135, North Building, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, (215) 955-0605

Greater Philadelphia Area: Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, LCSW: Mobile In-Home Therapy (serving Northeast Philadelphia/Montgomery/Bucks County) or Skype Sessions (Throughout PA only):

Society Hill, Philadelphia Office: The Center for Growth, or (215) 922-5683

Judith McCoyd, LCSW, is 9 Union Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 610-284-2287

Pittsburgh: Unexpected Choices
Contact Bev Tenenholtz, MS at (412) 578-7346

Pittsburgh: Unexpected Choices
320 E. North Avenue, Department of Human Genetics, 11th Floor, South Tower, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Contact Darcy L. Thull at (412) 359-6388


Rhode Island

Providence: SHaRe (Support, Healing and Reflection)
Contact: Jacky Halliday, Women and Infants Hospital, (401) 453-7510



Austin: HOPE (Helping Ourselves through this Pregnancy Experience)
Applied Genetics, Inc., Contact Melanie Casal at (512) 443-4363

Houston & The Woodlands/Spring: The Center for Postpartum Family Health
CPFH Central: 3418 Mercer St. Suite 100, Houston, TX 77027
CPFH North: 26411 Oak Ridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Contact Tracy L. Morris, MS, LMFT-Associate at (325) 261-3566 or (713) 561-3884



Seattle: Start Where You Are
UWMC Maternal Health Programs, Seattle WA.
Contact Teresa W., or 206-598-7561

Local Counselors and Support Groups: Canada 

British Columbia

Vancouver: Empty Cradle
52548 RPO Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7J4 Canada.
Contact Patty Lou Bryant at (604) 469-1272



Mississauga: Wednesday’s Child
RR #2, Erin, ON N0B 1T0.
Contact C. Lynn Wilson at (519) 833-2442

North York: North York General Hospital
Department of Clinical Genetics, 4001 Leslie Street, North York, ON M2K 1E1 CANADA.
Contact Andrea Shugar at (416) 756-6345

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