Perinatal Bereavement Funds
Hope, Empathy, Alliance, Resources and Teamwork
The H.E.A.R.T.strings department at Northside Hospital provides support to families experiencing the devastating death of a baby and the loss of a pregnancy due to miscarriage, ectopic
pregnancy, stillbirth, premature delivery, neonatal death, or termination due to complications with the baby or mother. Their hope is to offer comfort as families embark on their journey toward healing.
Memorial donations made to this fund are used to support bereavement training for staff and volunteers, printed resources for families, and supplies for our keepsake program and support groups.
Reagan Marie Teddy Bear Fund
In January 2012, H.E.A.R.T.strings and the Northside Hospital Foundation introduced the Reagan Marie Teddy Bear Fund, named after Reagan Marie Baima. Reagan Marie was born with Trisomy 18 and lived only a short time.
When Reagan’s mom Cindy left Northside hospital, she left with something in her arms – a teddy bear. Holding onto that teddy bear brought Cindy comfort, strength, and courage, despite her great loss. No teddy bear can replace a child. However, a teddy bear can introduce some meaning and comfort into a situation that is otherwise filled with emptiness, pain and sorrow.
The Reagan Marie Teddy Bear Fund’s mission is simple: no mom should ever again leave Northside Hospital with empty arms. Every mom who experiences a perinatal loss will be given a teddy bear with a note of encouragement attached. These items are paid for by the Fund, and support Northside Hospital and its affiliates. We are so grateful to the Baima family: Bob, Cindy, Nathan and Abigail.