*March 13 group schedule has shifted due to Spring Break. Group will run 12-1 PM on Zoom. Click here to join our virtual group. Regularly scheduled in person group will be back on April 10.
Grief and loss, at any stage, can be isolating. But you are not alone. Our support groups are here for you to connect with others in a safe and welcoming space. Come join us.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Circle
Second Mondays of the month, except for October.
Register for our group HERE.
Loss of a child at any age or stage of pregnancy is devastating. No one plans for this or knows how to navigate life after loss. You can feel confused, angry, lost...your heart is completely shattered. You wonder, when will this pain stop, change or just lighten a little bit? Is there something wrong with me? Why can't my family and friends just understand? The weight of it all can be suffocating.
You might have a wonderful support network or maybe you don't. Maybe you do but you just wish you could connect with someone that truly understands what you are going through -- somewhere you can sit and talk about your pregnancy, baby or child and not feel judged.
Our Loss Group is here to support you. We are here to listen. Our group is a safe space to share your story, connect with others or to just sit in the company of people that understand. When you feel ready, please join us.
* Have you suffered a loss and are thinking about trying to conceive again or are currently pregnant after a loss, multiple losses, or a history of infertility? Our loss group facilitators have been there and are here to help. Please reach out or come be a part of our group. Your story matters and we honor your unique journey every step of the way.
Support Group Facilitators
Amy Hogen wears many hats but is happiest when she can be "Space Holder" or "Listener" with a hot beverage and good conversation, especially as it relates to holding space for the power of individual story and process. Amy came to be a listener by way of grief; losing her first son, Abner, at full term in 2008. Amy was supported in her own healing journey by good friends and family who held space and listened which has ignited a passion to offer the same support to those in our community. Amy continues to learn about and practice the value of listening in her work as the mother of two rambunctious rainbow boys who are 7 and 9, and through her work as an occupational therapist for the last 14 years. Also passionate about pregnancy and birth, Amy has taught childbirth education, attended over 30 births as a midwife's assistant, doula, labor sitter and friend. To talk with Amy privately, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randi Groff is a therapist and mother to three daughters, Cambria (age 4), Everleigh (age 2), and an angel baby, Virginia, who was stillborn just before her due date in 2012. Randi is a Livingston/Bozeman native who graduated from Bozeman High and MSU. She moved to Northern California to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work, and moved back to Montana in 2014 where she is currently a practicing mental health therapist in Livingston. Her passion for supporting other loss moms who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss comes from both her personal experience, as well as her professional experience helping clients work through ptsd, anxiety, and depression. In her spare time, Randi's family enjoys camping, sledding, soaks at Chico, and watching movies together. To talk with Randi privately please feel free to reach out at email@example.com
Jen Vollmer is an Arizona native who transplanted to Bozeman with her husband in 2015. Together, they have lost multiple babies (Liam, Kiera and a 3rd) before their rainbow baby girl, Holland, was born in 2018. Jen has been a participant in multiple in person and online support groups. She has found that interacting with others who understand the pain, anger and complexity of grief to be profoundly life changing.
Helping others has always been a deep passion of hers, and in 2010 she returned to school with hopes of transitioning careers from graphic design to medicine. She has been serving her community, here in Bozeman, as certified physician assistant for the past 5 years and is honored to now be supporting her community as a pregnancy and infant loss support facilitator. To talk with Jen privately please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Local and Online Resources for Grief and Loss
Tree of Life Doula Care. Local Doulas at Tree of Life Doula Care offer personalized services for those who have experienced loss at any stage. Click on their page to learn more and be connected to a supportive and compassionate team of doulas who understand.
Table for Grief. A Table for Grief is a private community, collaborative blog, and resource for moms (and their support people) after pregnancy or infant loss. Started by a local mom.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. To access their resources for dealing with your grief, including looking at the ways women and men grieve differently to ways to handle your family during a loss, click here.
Return to Zero is an organization that is transforming the culture of pregnant and infant loss through healing retreats, outreach and education, peer support and community and empowerment. They have resources to walk you through your loss including but not limited to:
- Guiding you through grief
- information about your mental health after loss
- ways to connect to your child
- A printable PDF of Common Symptoms After Pregnancy and Infant Loss is available for download here.