Reproductive Loss

Life Perspectives is the global leader in training, research, expertise and support after reproductive loss including miscarriage and abortion.

Life Perspectives provides training and other resources to health professionals including hospitals, medical professionals, therapists, social workers and pregnancy centers, as well as community and faith leaders. Life Perspectives is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, the California Board of Registered Nurses and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education. Life Perspectives is at the forefront of creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care. Life Perspectives also offers a safe place, without religious or political affiliation, for those impacted by miscarriage and abortion at MiscarriageHurts.com and AbortionChangesYou.com. See below for more information.

Infertility

Springs in the Desert was born of the shared pain of infertility and the blessing of friendship which grew from it. Kimberly Henkel, PhD and Ann Koshute, MTS, met while studying at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Years later they met again and discovered not only their common struggle with infertility, but frustration at the lack of adequate spiritual and emotional support from pastors, the Church community and even among friends and family members. Kimberly and Ann soon discovered that the isolation and sense of not belonging they experienced as a result of infertility were not unique to them. In 2019 they officially founded Springs in the Desert as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to offer spiritual and emotional accompaniment and solidarity to those carrying the cross of infertility. We are here to meet you wherever you are on this path, to walk with you with hope in Christ, and to create a safe place for your story to be heard and understood.

Miscarriage

Miscarriage Hurts is a website for those who have experienced a miscarriage, or are close to someone who has.  They hope it is a safe place to begin or continue a healing journey.  They are a team of men and women who understand that miscarriage is a painful experience, and that there are few places to go to find healing and support. Miscarriage Hurts is meant to offer a safe place to share your story, create a virtual memorial, help you better understand your own personal experience, and connect you to resources that can provide support for your specific needs.
Red Bird Ministries is a non-profit, pro-life, and pro-family, Catholic grief support ministry serving individuals and couples who have experienced the loss of a child from miscarriage through adulthood. We help ordinary families who have been given an extraordinary cross to carry.  Red Bird is founded upon helping parents addres the profound healing that needs to happen while also honoring the memory of the child.  Our unique value is in the attention given to protect the individual, the marriage, and other relationships from the spectrum of issues that can compound and lead to dysfunction.

Healing After Abortion

Rachel’s Hope Ministry conducts after-abortion healing retreats which offer help, healing and hope to women who have been involved in the abortion of their child. This program is a Catholic or Catholic-friendly ministry where confidentiality is maintained.
Rachel’s Hope Ministry reaches out to those whose lives are directly impacted by shame, guilt, grief, loss, to whatever degree.  The ministry offers assistance to anyone who has lost hope that they can do anything to halt the downward spiral of depression, sadness, self-hatred, etc.  Hundreds of women have benefited by the intervention of this group retreat which some has said was the missing component of the treatment system (individual counseling, payers, confessions, receiving the Eucharist, medication, reading Scripture, etc.) that has substantially increased their ability for recovery and a more optimistic outlook for the future.

Contacts:

Rosemary Benefield RN, MA                                                                                                                  Founder/Director                                                                                                                                          (858) 581-3022                                                                                                                              rachels_hope@juno.com

Lulu Valdivia (Español)                                                                                                                               (858) 952-2394

Leslie Brunoli (760) 745-2529                                                                                                                  Escondido/North County

Abortion Changes You is a confidential space is for those who are touched by abortion, whether the experience happened recently or years ago.  This website is a refuge for those who wish to tell their story and begin the process of healing.

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