Expecting a new baby should be an exciting and joyful time for parents-to-be. For some parents, however, a check-up or ultrasound may reveal the devastating news that something is wrong with their baby. In just moments, their hearts fall to pieces and dreams of a healthy baby are shattered.
You may be reading this because your baby has received such a diagnosis. We are so sorry, but please know that you are not alone in this journey. We are here to support you and provide resources as you make the decision to lovingly carry your baby to term.
Cherishing the Journey was founded in 2011 by Jennifer and Josh Harden, parents of baby Matthew, who was given a negative prenatal diagnosis at 16 weeks in-utero.
You will have many questions to ask and tears to cry. Though we do not have all of the answers, we are here to help guide you on this journey to cherish every moment you have with your baby.
Pregnancy and postnatal support when your baby has a negative prenatal diagnosis, or dies unexpectedly before or after birth.
Thank you for providing such an amazing gesture to families experiencing infant loss. If it weren't for you and the memory box I received, I would not have the precious memories I have of my daughter. The book in my box was A Gift of Time. This has been one of the most incredible books I've ever read! It helped prepare me for the journey I was on with my daughter's fatal condition. Reading about the families who were going through the same thing as me was comforting and it reassured me that I was not alone. Receiving your box was a gift from the Lord above. Thanks to Cherishing the journey, I connected with a grief support group, I have a lock of her precious hair, I have photos to cherish forever, I have momentos that have a PRICELESS value. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support, it means to the world to us that we were not alone in our journey. - T.M.
Disclaimer: Please note that Cherishing the Journey is offered as a resource to provide guidance, suggestions and basic support options. It does not and is not intended to provide or replace professional mental health support or therapeutic services. The suggestions and ideas offered may not be appropriate for all persons in all situations. Please use your own discretion in the use of this material. We encourage persons to seek the assistance of a professional mental health provider whenever it is appropriate. If you are in a mental health crisis, please call 911 or the crisis hotline at (321) 632-6688 or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate assistance. For a list of mental health providers for routine counseling assistance, please contact your primary care MD, insurance carrier or view our link http://www.cherishingthejourney.org/resources . We wish you and your family well. Please know you are not alone.