Infant Death Center2019-03-13T08:40:14+00:00

Access to Grief Support & Bereavement Resources

We want Wisconsin families that experience an unexpected infant death to have access to grief support and bereavement resources. In Wisconsin, more than 80 infants (on average) die unexpectedly each year. Families experiencing the death of a child enter into a lifelong process of grieving. The grief and bereavement journey is overwhelming and difficult if support is not available. Professional staff dedicated to helping families through this difficult journey is critical to the healing process.

Support for Your Grief Journey

You are not alone. The Infant Death Center is here to help families struggling with the unexpected death of an infant. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your baby’s death, no parent is prepared to lose their precious child and no parent should have to feel alone on their grief journey. We are very sorry for your loss. The Infant Death Center is here to provide resources and support.

Please call or email Joanna if you would like to talk or learn more.

Key Resources

Learn more about the Infant Death Center and unexpected infant loss. If you would like to find a support group online or in your community, please see our Infant Loss Directory.

    Our Services

    Bereavement support

    During the year following an infant death, our staff provides grief support and services by phone. We collaborate with professionals and organizations to reach families and identify helpful resources.

    Consultation with pediatric pathologist

    A pediatric pathologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is available to consult with families and professionals to help them better understand the cause of their child’s death. The pathologist can discuss autopsy findings, medical examiner reports, test results and/or other information.

    Community trainings

    Our staff provides resources, such as safe sleep materials, self-care guidance and bereavement training to support families and professionals working with families.

    Contact Our Staff

    For more information, please contact:

    Joanna O’Donnell
    Project Coordinator
    (414) 337-4571
    jodonnell@chw.org

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    The Infant Death Center is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public, MCH Title V Services Block grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation.

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