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Miscarriage and Infant Loss Support

We are here to support you.

First, we want you to know that the loss of your baby is not your fault.

Losing a baby due to a miscarriage or loss of an infant can be one of the most painful things parents go through. We are deeply sorry for your loss and would like to support you during this difficult time. The following information addresses some of the questions you may have during the days and weeks to come.

Types of Pregnancy Loss

A Miscarriage Is...

A miscarriage is a loss that occurs before the 20th week of gestation.

Loss of an Infant Is...

A loss of an infant, also known as a stillbirth, is a loss that occurs after the 20th week of gestation.


“We had faith for the first time in a long time… I was so scared to try again for the fear of failure and the emotional toll it takes on you.

With the help of Dr. Pranger and Guiding Star, Clara is here today. Every bump along the road, every fear I had, they answered; they answered my texts, they answered my phone calls. Being a part of GSCV, what I noticed was that you weren’t just a “chart”, you weren’t a number or a statistic; you were a person. Your baby that you were growing was a person. No matter what stage the baby was in, it mattered. I hadn’t felt that way in any of my other pregnancies or experiences with other providers.”

─ Nathan and Lindsey Upah ─

What to Expect with a Miscarriage

It is important to know what to do and what to expect when you are experiencing a miscarriage, both physically and emotionally.


  • Bleeding and cramping (can vary for each woman)
  • Bleeding can continue for 2-6 weeks after delivering baby
  • Baby may have identifiable features at delivery


  • Processing your feelings and experience will take time
  • You may want to have a support person with you if you are miscarrying at home

Are you walking with someone who has experienced a loss? ​

Click below for a free resource you can use to support them.

What to Expect with a Stillborn

It is important to know what to do and what to expect when you are experiencing a stillborn birth, both physically and mentally, and also to know what steps to take in a situation like this.


  • Postpartum depression symptoms may arise
  • Processing next steps can be difficult and leave you frozen


  • You will be experiencing labor, which can vary for each woman
  • Your milk will likely come in 2-3 days after delivery

What's Next?

How to Remember

Struggling with knowing how to remember your child’s life in the midst of their loss? Follow the link below to learn how to honor their memory.

You Have Support

The loss of a child is overwhelming. We are here to walk alongside you in your grief journey, and have many resources to help you during this difficult time.

There Are Resources

From counseling, to our Miscarriage & Infant Loss Support Group, to our 1 on 1 Mentorship Program, our office is here to help you with the resources you need.

How We Can Help

Danielle Martens,
Client Care Coordinator | 319-232-2695

Call or email for a FREE Care Consult to chat about how we can support and walk with you on your journey.

Mental Health Counseling

Katie Schmitz, LMSW utilizes an integrated approach that works to encourage a greater mind-body connection on your grieving journey.

Support Group

This group meets once a month for 5 consecutive months and is facilitated by a mental health professional.

1 on 1 Mentorship

We have a community of moms who have experienced miscarriage and loss of an infant who want to join you on your journey as you grieve.

No Matter How Small Memorial Service

Tuesday, October 15th, 2024 @ 10am
Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, IA

We will celebrate the little lives gone too soon, together with family and friends at this special memorial service. It is a day that brings many tears to our eyes as we yearn to hold those sweet babies one more time or even for the first time. This day is so much more than an event, its a celebration of life and a reminder that we are surrounded by a community of love and support. Questions? Contact us at 319-232-2695.

Can’t make the service?
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Contact Us

220 Southbrooke Dr.
Waterloo, IA 50613