Dr. William (Bill) Sweeney
was a renowned perinatologist at
Anne Arundel Medical Center whose sudden death left a large hole in the community and in our hearts.
Bill was instrumental in the development of the first free-standing perinatal palliative care program, SilverLeaf Counseling Services.
He provided so much compassion and comfort to those who were struggling with a difficult pregnancy. We want to make sure this kind of support not only continues, but grows and improves.
Having discussions and making decisions prior to birth allows the parents to be more present with their babies and each other.
While no one asks to be thrown into the culture of grief, connecting parents and families to groups and events reduces the feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Support for our families looks like one-on-one counseling, planning for baby's birth & death, creating memories & building legacies, navigating the health care system & providers, and providing bereavement doulas during labor & delivery. We also create specialized education for health care professionals to provide the best care for families, promote healing for themselves, reduce staff burnout and create a supportive and compassionate space.
1 out of every 4 pregnancies result in loss.
Bereavement care and memory making are important to honor parents, provide a legacy for their baby
and promote healing.