Pregnant? Need Help?
Click here for a list of resources near you or call us in the Life & Family Evangelization Office at (815) 399-4300. We are here to help you!
Blessing of a Child in the Womb
Are you expecting a child? Did you know your local parish priest can bless you and your child before he or she is born? The Church offers a special Rite of Blessing of a Child in the Womb, available here. Feel free to ask your parish priest about this!
bless, we pray, this unborn child;
give constant protection
that is the sign of our rebirth one day
into the eternal rejoicing of heaven…
~ excerpt from the Prayer of Blessing
Has your child received an adverse prenatal diagnosis?
The Church is here to help during this difficult and confusing time. Please reach out to your local parish priest and the Life & Family Evangelization Office for support and a listing of resources available to your and your family.
“For parents, the news of a prenatal diagnosis is crushing. They may not know what to do or where to turn. They may anguish over what medical decisions would be best for their baby and wonder how to approach the rest of the pregnancy. All too often, they are advised by physicians, and sometimes by family, to schedule an abortion. Tragically, many parents are told that it would be best for everyone, including their baby, to have the abortion—even late in the pregnancy. Many feel great pressure to do so and may fear continuing their pregnancy. In some cases, the diagnosis may indicate that the baby is expected to die before or shortly after birth. As parents face the heart-rending knowledge that their hello may also be their goodbye, those around them may wonder how to provide the best support.” Continue reading…
The Haven Network is a ministry offering life-affirming services and providing emotional, spiritual and practical support for families enduring the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, SIDS, Early Infant Death, and terminal or life-limiting diagnosis. Visit their website for more information about the services, events, and resources they offer.
The Be Not Afraid organization provides support, guidance, and resources to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term. Visit their website to read stories of other families who have travelled this difficult road, their video gallery, and a list of helpful resources.
The mission of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
Questions? Contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office at (815) 399-4300.