H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavement Fund
Help families begin to heal.
H.E.A.R.T.strings Legacy Fund
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.
Atlanta Walk to Remember Fund
In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, H.E.A.R.T.strings Perinatal Bereavment Office hosts the annual ATLANTA WALK TO REMEMBER. Parents, families, friends and health care professionals are encouraged to attend to remember the babies that they’ve lost and help raise public awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. Each year, more than 700 people participate in this free event. Although it receives strong support from Northside Hospital, anyone whose life has been touch by perinatal loss is invited to participate.
For more information about this event, visit Atlanta Walk to Remember website.
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 offered a teddy bear with a note of encouragement attached. The fund supports the
purchase of the bears and supplies for families.
Check out the video below to hear more of the Baima family's story.
The Northside Hospital Butterfly Garden opened on July 16, 2021. The Garden is placed at the Labor and Delivery Ambulance Entrance and is where H.E.A.R.T.strings families exit the building after their loss. Northside Hospital Staff released butterflies in the garden that will stay and create families, and will allow H.E.A.R.T.strings families to sit and reflect on their experience.
"During one of the most difficult points of our lives, H.E.A.R.T.strings provided us with tremendous solace and support. We cherish the many ways they helped us honor our son through the Keepsake Memory Box, engraved necklace of our son's footprint, the annual Walk to Remember, and support groups. Their sincere care and concern has continued weeks and months through our time of grief. We are forever blessed and grateful for their enduring heartfelt love."
- Andrew and Jenni J.