Early Pregnancy Loss – what happens to my baby after a D&C procedure
To Patients and Families Experiencing an Early Pregnancy Loss:
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family and that you may have some questions regarding the handling of your babies’ remains. It is our desire to care for your baby with dignity and respect; therefore, we would like you to take some time to consider two options available to you for final disposition.
Private Arrangements: You may make private arrangements for cremation or burial – regardless of the gestational age at the time of pregnancy loss. Although the cost associated with burial will vary by cemetery, many funeral homes do not charge for cremation or burial preparations for early pregnancy loss. Please make any private arrangements within two weeks and notify the funeral home of your choice. You also need to notify our staff here at the Elliot. You can email AMorneau@elliot-hs.org or RBelt@elliot-hs.org and we can help to ensure that your babies’ remains are prepared for release. Please be aware that if you do not desire a private arrangement, all remains will be placed in the Elliot Hospital Memory Garden.
Elliot Hospital Memory Garden: The Memory Garden is located on the Elliot Hospital campus and is the final resting place of stillborn and early loss babies. Remains are cremated collectively and interred in the Memory Garden at a yearly memorial service. The Memory Garden is home to the Angel of Hope Statue and is a place where families can come to remember and honor their babies privately. If you elect this option, the cremation is completed at no cost to you.
If you choose the Memory Garden, please know that we have an annual Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil on December 6th at 7PM in the garden. The Memory Garden Interment Ceremony and Memorial Service is on the Sunday before Memorial Day at 2PM. We would love to have you join us. For more information click here: Elliot Memory Garden information.
If you have any questions about these options, please contact the bereavement line voicemail at (603)663-3396. Leave your name and number and we will return your call.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Amanda Morneau, BSN, RNC-EFM, CCE Perinatal Loss Coordinator Elliot Hospital AMorneau@elliot-hs.org DaNae Belt, BSN RNC-OB, RNC-MNN, C-EFM Clinical Nurse Manager Labor and Delivery Elliot Hospital RBelt@elliot-hs.org
The following is a list of area funeral homes that provide free or low cost cremation for infants, stillborn babies and early pregnancy loss. This is not a comprehensive list. Please contact the funeral home of your choice directly to discuss options.
- Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Cremation, Manchester NH (603) 625-5777
- Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester NH (603) 625-6951
- Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Manchester NH (603) 622-1800
- Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Nashua NH (603) 521-8424
- Petit-Ronan Funeral Home, Pembroke NH (603) 485-9573
- Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, Epsom NH (603) 798-3050
- Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, Nashua NH (603) 883-3041
Looking for a new OBGYN provider in Bedford?
We are excited that you are considering Bedford Commons OBGYN for your healthcare. We know it can be difficult to change providers or meet someone new. To select the provider who is right for you, check out our provider videos on our website. All of our providers are currently accepting new patients.
When you are ready to set up an appointment, you can schedule most appointments using our online scheduling or by talking with a patient care specialist by calling 603-668-8400. If you’re newly pregnant or need immediate care, please be sure to call us.
Although having your records isn’t required to make an appointment, it can be very helpful to have a copy of your last GYN office visit, your last pap test, and any routine labs that you have had within the last year. To facilitate this process, complete an online medical records release for your previous healthcare provider. Click here to complete the medical records release.
Bedford Commons OBGYN accepts most major health insurance plans. However, it is important for you to verify whether we accept your specific health plan at the time you schedule an appointment. We may require a referral for certain plans. Please note that we do not currently accept the Anthem BCBS Pathways Plan from the New Hampshire Marketplace.
We have offices in Bedford, Windham, Manchester, and soon will open a location in Londonderry, NH! In addition, we are anticipating our Derry location to reopen in Summer 2023! We look forward to seeing you at a location that’s convenient for you.
If you have questions about becoming a new patient, please feel free to give us a call 603-668-8400. We would love to meet you!
COVID19 Vaccine Considerations for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
Many of our patients have been asking about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID19 vaccine in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risks of COVID-19 infection and COVID-related complications for both you and your baby. Now that the vaccine has been out since December 2020, we have a lot more information about the vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women. We encourage all of our pregnant and breastfeeding patients to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations including the newly released omicron booster.
Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding people be vaccinated against COVID19.
Although pregnant or lactating women were not included in the COVID19 vaccine clinical trials, hundreds of thousands of pregnant people have been vaccinated and no unexpected pregnancy or fetal problems have occurred. There have been no reports of any increased risk of pregnancy loss, growth problems, or birth defects.
We know that about 1 to 3 in 1,000 pregnant women with COVID19 will develop severe illness. Compared to those who aren’t pregnant, pregnant women infected by COVID19 with symptoms are 3 times more likely to need ICU care, 2 to 3 times more likely to need advanced life support, and have a 70% increased risk of death. According to a September 29, 2021 urgent health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID19 in pregnant people including more than 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths. To reduce these risk, the COVID19 vaccine is recommended. See the full CDC health advisory here.
The best way to prevent complications from COVID-19 is vaccination and continue to be up to date on your vaccination series. We strongly recommend that our pregnant and breastfeeding patients get the COVID19 vaccination. Pregnancy is not an indication for a COVID19 vaccine waiver.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please talk to your provider at your next visit.
Dr. Colleen Barber and Dr. Adili Shay joining Bedford Commons OBGYN!
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Barber and Dr. Adili Shay will be joining Bedford Commons OBGYN! Both physicians will be seeing patients in our Bedford location starting in late September. To make an appointment, click here to schedule an appointment online or call 603-668-4646 to speak with one of our scheduling specialists.
Directions to our new Manchester locations – Elliot & Cypress
We have two new temporary locations, both on the Elliot Hospital campus!
Bedford Commons – Elliot – located at 4 Elliot Way, Bedford Commons Elliot is located in the Medical Office Building on the Elliot campus. Enter the Elliot campus at the main entrance and continue on Elliot Way to the free parking garage. Access to the Medical Office Building is on Level 2. Bedford Commons Elliot is on the first floor of the building in Suite 101.
Bedford Commons – Cypress – Located off Auburn Street, Bedford Commons Cypress in the 445 Cypress Street building, is the second gray building on the right if you are traveling West on Auburn Street. It is next to Briarwood Family practice and across from Dartmouth Hitchcock ENT. Parking is limited so please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to find parking. There is parking near our main entrance and in the back of the building. Additional parking is available on the side street.
Derry Location Temporarily CLOSED
Due to a fire at the end of July, our Derry location at 6 Tsienneto Road will be closed temporarily until at least February 2023 as the building is being repaired. If you had an appointment in our Derry office, one of our team members will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment in one of our other locations including:
Bedford – 201 Riverway Place, Bedford, NH
Windham – 49 Range Road, Windham, NH
Elliot – 4 Elliot Way, Suite 101, Manchester, NH
Cypress – 445 Cypress Street, Manchester, NH
Welcome Dr. Lena and Corinne Forgue, APRN
We are excited to announce that Dr. Ryan Lena and Corinne Forgue, APRN have joined Bedford Commons OBGYN. They are now open to schedule with. Schedule now!