I found out on st Patrick's day that our Ezra-James had passed while in the womb. I've never experienced anything like this before, yeah I've had multiple miscarriages but nothing can ever prepare an expectant mother and father and siblings for the heart ache , the pain, hate, anger and questions after hearing, I'm so sorry but I wasn't able to find a heartbeat. When I was first offered a doula my mind said, for what, my precious baby boy is gone, what on earth can a freaking doula do for me. My heart was saying, yes I need someone who understands what just happened to me, I need answers, I need someone to comfort me and not judge me. As soon as Heather, my doula walked in the room I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my heart. Her voice was angelic, her words gave me hope, her eyes were kind, gentle and ever so welcoming, as if we had been life long friends. I found peace, an ally in all the madness. Heather was with me as I fumbled over my words while trying to ask the nurses and doctors questions and Heather reassured me that my voice is the only voice that mattered. We sat and talked, laughed and bonded like I would never expect. Just knowing that I wasn't going to travel down this road alone gave my heart and mind a peace that needed no spoken words. When the time came for me to push my Ezra-James, Heather was right there by my side, encouraging me and holding my hand, as if she was experiencing every single emotion that was flowing through me. Heather was my rock that beautiful day, the sadness went away once I held Ezra-James, the anger, the resentment, all doubts and questions went away, as if in that moment everything was as it was meant to be. Heather then helped me bathe and dress Ezra-James and she took the most beautiful pictures of my baby boy. I ended up staying in the hospital for quite a while and she set up a meal service order for my family which proved to be such a blessing. Pittsburgh bereavement doulas has been nothing but a God sent. Once I was released the funeral arrangements had to be made, once again Heather was there, helping me contact everyone. The day of the service Heather made it to the balloon release and repass. Even in the middle of a national pandemic they are out here taking care of mothers who feel so lost and alone. Even to this day Heather is still in my life. A friendship was created even under these sad circumstances.
I was 37 weeks pregnant. 9 days from my csection. I hadnt felt her move all day which was weird. I tried everything. Finally decided to go to the hospital just to check. Totally believing everything was fine. Thats when they said the 3 words that changed our life forever... i was so distraught. Not a clue what to do, how to get through, what was allowed and not allowed. The hospital suggested letting a bereavement doula be involved and i was on the fence. I didn't even know what that was. I reluctantly agreed. Heather absolutely changed our experience into as postive as it could be. She handled so much for us. She even went above and beyond and had her daughter hand deliver my angels pictures to me so we would have them in time for the funeral. I will reccomend this agency to anyone for the rest of my life. She still checks in on me and my family. Such an amazing person!!!
As a labor and delivery nurse taking care of many patients and families experiencing the loss of a pregnancy or newborn I cannot say enough good things about Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas. When Heather or one of the other doulas walks into the room there is an instant sense of calm and comfort for patients and families as well as the nursing staff. Their depth of experience and compassion provides just what these families need to make it through what is often the most difficult thing they have had to endure. Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas help families to make sense of their feelings and find meaningful ways to memorialize a life gone too soon.
My family and I are so very thankful for Pittsburgh Bereavement! My sister delivered her 8 month old son last year. Pittsburgh Bereavement was and still is such an great support to my sister and brother in-law. There were thing's that they needed to address that they weren't able to, like there emotions, preparing the baby, making funeral arrangements and lot's of other support! I don't know how we all would have handled everything if they didn't have the support from Heather. I'm so thankful for this organization! I hope they can get the funding needed so that this would be available to all of the families experiencing this. Thank you!
Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas are a team of wonderful support persons who offer emotional support and guidance through the grieving process. They make unimaginably difficult situations a little easier to navigate and process.
I met Heather Bradley on one of the most horrific days of my life. My daughter Kayla had gone to the hospital for a standard NST and found that her baby girl had died at 35 weeks. We were both devastated, once we arrived on the 2nd floor in Labor and Delivery, Heather was there and she immediately introduced herself and explained a little bit about her role and her organization. We listened but we were still somewhat in a fog. As time went on we were able to get settled in the room and start the process of inducing labor. As we waited, Heather began to chat with us she also made us feel at ease and helped us get through one of the most difficult and life altering situations we have ever experienced. Heather never left our side I thought that she would go home but she stayed in the hospital from the time we arrived until after our baby girl Nova Rose Parker-Owens came into this world. She assisted us in bathing, weighing and dressing little Nova. Heather was also instrumental in helping and advising us on how to plan and prepare for a service. I have never in all my life had to bury a child and burying my granddaughter was the most heart-breaking thing I've ever had to do. Heather was also wonderful in getting me all the information and connecting me with all people that I needed to be in contact with to make the process a little more seamless. She alsoassisted us in getting dry ice because we chose to bring Nova home until the day of the service. On the day of the service had there was also there at the funeral and attended the service with us. I cannot say enough about her professionalism her compassion her patience her understanding and her over all love for what she does. Nova will truly be missed and we will think of her every day but when we do we'll also think of Heather Bradley and the Pittsburgh Bereavement Foundation for all they have done for us. We will be eternally grateful.
This organization is fantastic to work with! Heather deserves a shout-out for always being attentive and caring to the families she serves. She works with bereaved families and allows them to be as hands-on or hands-off as they wish to be in the funeral process. Her communication style is clear and concise, and she will never leave you guessing. She handles every detail as if she was caring for someone in her own family!
My Daughter in law delivered my beautiful Grandson on October 3, 3020 his name is Baby Raymond and he was born Still. Never in my 56 years of life had I experienced anything like this, I had so many emotions going on at the same time the biggest one was fear. Ou Bereavement Doula Heather gave us a different perspective on how we were going to finally get a chance to meet him and unfortunately knowing the outcome, that lightened my fears. I feel that she was that gift from God that we all needed. This has been the greatest heartbreak I ever experienced and knowing that Heather is just a phone call away helps to ease some of my pain. From the pictures that she took I got my grandson’s feet tattooed on my arm, I look at them daily.
Thank you Heather for your Service to my family. You will always be apart of our story.
Heather and our team go above and beyond to capture photos and support families. Bereavement doulas are such a great addition to our Pittsburgh birth community.
We went through the loss of our son in 2019 before we learned of this amazing group nonprofit whatever you like to call it I have referred to them as angels of Mercy sent from above we recently lost our daughter September 14th of 2020 and before I met the people that do the amazing work that they do in this group I had no idea there was that kind of love compassion and support for another human being going through that kind of grief if it wasn't for the individuals I would have had absolutely no support the only people who have even contacted me to see how things were going since the passing of my daughter has been people I have met through this group the world needs more things like this and more mothers need this kind of compassion
Experts who have the knowledge and resources needed to support families in their darkest hour. Dedicated to their work, and the families they serve. Highly recommend to anyone experiencing the unthinkable loss of a little one.
When our baby, Lucy Rose, died in utero at 35wks, the nurse who was prepping me for Csection said she knew a bereavement doula who could come in and spend time with us afterwards. I had never even heard of a bereavement doula, but I’d said I wanted to bathe and dress the baby, and she told me Heather did all kinds of neat and special things like that, and she would give her a call. After the birth, Heather Bradley came to our room and she just brought so much comfort and love with her! :). Her smile, warmth, compassionate care and humor just changed everything. Doula means “woman’s friend”, and she was my strong friend and advocate who stayed by my side that day, probably the hardest day of my whole life, and not only that she has continued to be a friend and close advocate for our family ever since. As to the things she did, she took gorgeous pictures of Lucy that I will cherish forever, helped us bathe Lucy’s body and dress her, made the sweetest little name bracelet, helped us pick out a hat and blanket, gave us a remembrance box full of precious memory items I would come to cherish later (at the time it was all a blur and I hardly realized it all, but Heather knew what she was doing). She gave us books and a teddy bear for our boys and befriended them....she came into a heartbreaking time and made it full of sweet memories and laughter and joy and shared fun and rejoicing. Hard to believe it could be that way at the death of a baby but that is how it happened. She was like a long lost friend who showed up at just the right moment and has been there for me and my family ever since, throughout the grief process. Heather stayed with me for the rest of the day, until late in the evening, and we talked and talked and she helped me begin to walk this path and showed me the way to go. I knew in my heart what i wanted for Lucy, but would not have been able to do any of those things without Heather’s help, especially since I was recovering from a Csection, and she went far above and beyond anything I could ever have thought of. Not only did she do all the memory making things with us and Lucy, she also set up a Meal Train to get my friends and church community connected with us so we could get the help we needed. She guided us in funeral preparation (when we were ready for that), and connected us with the help and organizations to pay for and arrange Lucy’s funeral (and later her gravestone). She worked with the hospital and funeral homes to help us make arrangements to take Lucy’s body home with us and to the funeral home ourselves, which we never would have even thought of. We had never heard that this was a legal option, but once we decided that was how we wanted to honor our baby and care for her, Heather was willing to move mountains for us to make it happen. Heather also attended the funeral Mass at our church, and was one of only two people outside my immediate family to attend the viewing (besides the funeral director and our priest). She has even brought us food herself, and visited, and has continued to help and send comfort and healing our way anytime she sees an opportunity to do so. She is the founder of this organization, Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas, and she truly has a heart to help and care for families like mine who have experienced this awful heartbreak. More than that she has become my friend and helper on this journey in this new place of loss, which doesn’t seem so hard now I know I have friends like her and don’t have to walk the path alone. The organization she founded (she trained all the doulas personally) is truly worthy and I believe they are doing families in Pittsburgh a great service. They deserve all the help and support they can get, because they are truly doing something worthwhile that helps people and goes above and beyond to meet people in their worst hour of need and grief.
Heather is a committed and passionate doula providing support and a very needed service for the grieving families in Pittsburgh. She is open and a willing team player, seeking to do what’s best for the family and collaborating with the other healthcare team.
Heather and Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas provide such an important service to our community. As a nurse, I am so thankful to have this support for our families at the hospital who are experiencing a loss. Though I try to sit with them and support them as much as I can, I have another laboring person to care for as well. The people at the hospital who have been supported by Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas receive such a high level of attention and care that is vital at this time in their lives.
Heather and her team are angels on earth. They help individuals and families through the toughest trials of their lives with grace and ease. Their support goes well beyond a five star rating.
The most kind, compassionate and caring group of women ever. They shared the pain of losing our baby - unspeakable sadness for us. We really don’t know what we would have done without them. Just angels sent to help us.
Pittsburgh bereavement dollars is a wonderful organization. The event I attended with them was absolutely beautiful and touching.
This group steps in where the hospital stops providing care, and supports families in their most difficult times. I wish more people knew about their services! They are so accommodating to families in all sorts of difficult situations, without any biases.
The bereavement doulas are a great resource and assistance in moments of great despair and grief. I lost my son before I knew about them and I so wish I had their guidance on what to do and what to expect from going home with no baby.
This organization is a brilliant creation and beloved resource in our area providing exceptional bereavement care to families experiencing the loss of a child. Their care comes from the heart and this is exactly what these families need at such a difficult time.