A support ministry for prenatal diagnosis or neonatal death.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"
Learning that your unborn child has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder will bring about a whirlwind of emotions. You are scared and confused, feeling angry, alone or deeply sad.
The Jerome’s Hope team is here to accompany you and your family through this time and beyond. We are a resource for parents and families to help navigate this difficult situation. Our team is made up of parents, clergy, medical and counseling professionals available to provide you with the support you need.
Because every family’s needs are different, Jerome’s Hope ministry offers a variety of services based upon your family’s situation. Some ways we can help will include:
• Explanation of medical terminology and suggested questions to ask your medical team
• Accompanying you to doctor’s visits
• Help creating a birth plan for your baby’s arrival
• Continuing emotional support including clergy, chaplain and counseling referrals
• Healing retreats with other parents who’ve received a prenatal diagnosis
• Assistance to advocate for your child after birth
• If necessary, assistance coordinating funeral services and burial arrangements
The Office of Pro-Life Activities also works closely with the Archdiocesan Ministry for Persons with Disabilities.
In times of grief, the chance to meet and pray with others who’ve had similar experiences can be a great source of healing.
The Archdiocese offers a single-day retreat, Pierced by Sorrow, Released into Joy, in collaboration with the Rabboni Institute in Austin, Texas.
This retreat is for couples and individuals who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss. It is led by peer ministers who understand what you are feeling and have themselves travelled on this journey. The retreats feature opportunities for reflection, facilitated group sharing and clergy-led prayer.
National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC)
The NCBC employs professional bioethicists who are available to provide individual consultations for specific questions relating to ethical treatment plans and decisions.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
The NCPD partners with the USCCB and other national Catholic organizations to ensure meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities in the life of the Church and society.
American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
AAPLOG provides a network of pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists.
Be Not Afraid is a North Carolina-based apostolate. Like Jerome’s Hope, the Be Not Afraid team employs peer ministers and other professionals with the aim of supporting families who have received a prenatal diagnosis.
CaringBridge is a confidential website allowing parents to share health information and receive support from family and friends.
To learn about an upcoming retreat, visit our Upcoming Events page or for more information contact Julie Fritsch at (713)741-8782.