Gabriel’s Courage Perinatal Comfort Support Program
Expecting a new baby is a time filled with excitement, anticipation and hope for the future. However, for parents who have received a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis, this can be a time filled with uncertainly, fear and devastation. Parents who choose to continue the pregnancy may find themselves isolated with limited support, information and resources. Parents do not have to walk alone on this journey.
Gabriel’s Courage is a family-centered perinatal program that offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to care affirming the role of parents and providing support throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, life and remembrance. With you, we will welcome and honor the life of your child and celebrate his or her uniqueness and place in this world. Our team includes nurses, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists and bereavement specialists. Team members will partner with all your medical providers to keep them informed and involved.
How Can Our Team Help?
- An initial evaluation in the hospital, doctor’s office or at home
Coordination of care among multiple medical providers
Development of an individualized Birth Plan that honors parent’s desires, needs and values
Assistance with spiritual and cultural rituals
Memory making and creating cherished keepsakes
Individual and family counseling
Sibling support through visits with a certified child life specialist
Home Health and/or Hospice care, if appropriate
Assistance with funeral and/or memorial planning
Access to community resources
Any woman in Nassau or Suffolk County who has received a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis is eligible for Gabriel’s Courage services. Generally, there are no costs to families for these specialized services.
If you wish to learn more about this program or would like to make a referral, please call (631) 465-6363.