About Our Maternity Program

Perinatal Palliative Care

Expecting a new baby is a time filled with excitement, anticipation and hope for the future. However, for parents who have been given a prenatal diagnosis that their baby may be born with a serious medical condition, this can be a time filled with heartbreak and uncertainty. The St Joseph Perinatal Palliative Care team is here to provide support and education to these families during their pregnancy, delivery and aftercare.

Meet the Perinatal Palliative Care Team

The Program Coordinator admits the parents to the Perinatal Palliative Care (PPC) program, facilitates communication with the hospital staff, attends the perinatal conference at the hospital and coordinates the PPC team.

The Palliative Care Nurse is available to provide education and support to parents and family members to better understand their baby’s diagnosis and what to expect at the time of birth. She assists with the creation of a birthing plan that meets the needs of the parents and family. The nurse helps families navigate through the healthcare system during their pregnancy, delivery and after care.

The Clinical Social Worker provides psychosocial support and counseling to the family. The social worker assists parents in developing a birthing plan and offers referrals to community resources. The social worker also provides opportunities for the parents and family to participate in memory making.

The Chaplain provides spiritual support and collaborates with the parents to establish a care plan to meet the spiritual needs of all family members. The chaplain will help families find purpose and meaning in the lifetime of their baby. The chaplain is also available to facilitate blessings, baptism and other rituals.

The Music Therapist offers support through music and is available to assist family members in bonding with their baby and exploring their feelings regarding the birth and possible outcomes at the time of delivery.

St. Joseph Hospital is dedicated to embracing you and your family and helping ease your way. You do not have to walk alone.


To make a donation to the Perinatal Hope the Healing Cub Program, please click here.

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group

The goal of the Perinatal Bereavement Support Group is to provide support to parents facing infant loss, and to help them strengthen their spirit in a safe and compassionate environment.

The support group is free of charge to the community and is held in both English and Spanish.

The support group meets once a week for eight consecutive weeks. For additional information on upcoming groups, or to register, please call Marjorie MacDonald, MSW, at 714-771-8000 ext. 13295 or email marjorie.macdonald@stjoe.org.

Hope the Healing Cub

Expecting a new baby is a time filled with excitement, anticipation and hope for the future. However, for some parents, this is a time of heartbreak and profound sadness. Each year, many parents experience the devastating loss of their baby by miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. These parents leave our hospital with empty arms and broken hearts. St. Joseph Hospital would like to give our community partners an opportunity to reach out to these families by sponsoring a Hope the Healing Cub teddy bear. Our goal is for every mother experiencing a pregnancy loss to be given a special teddy bear to hold when leaving our hospital.

With your gift of sponsorship, Hope will be provided to a mother who has experienced the loss of her baby. When your gift of Hope the Healing Cub is given to a mother leaving St. Joseph Hospital, you will be notified that your special bear is in the arms of a loving mother. Funds raised by the Hope the Healing Cub program go directly to the purchase of the bears and to the St. Joseph Perinatal Comfort Care Program. To make a donation to the Hope the Healing Cub program, please click here or call 714-347-7900.