Support for pregnancy loss or abortion

Each person reacts to the end of a pregnancy in their own way. You may experience unimaginable pain and grief. You may feel relief. You may feel numb or alone.

There are no right or wrong reactions

It’s okay to give yourself time to heal, process your emotions, and seek support. Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan offers pregnancy loss support, services, and information through our Maternity Care Program. Doula services are also available to provide comfort and support. Doula support lasts up to one year after your pregnancy. We offer support regardless of how your pregnancy ended.

Contact Blue Shield Promise Maternity Care Management at
(888) 802-4410 (TTY: 711).
We are here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.


Pregnancy loss

Miscarriages and stillbirths are often unexplainable. It’s almost never caused by something you did. Past abortions, sex, exercise, and most medications don’t cause pregnancy loss.


A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. About 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Though miscarriages are common, it can be emotionally difficult. Feelings of grief and loss are normal after losing a pregnancy.


A stillbirth is the loss of a pregnancy after the 20th week. Stillbirths are less common but can still occur. The causes of stillbirth are often unknown. Researchers are working to learn more about risk factors for stillbirth.


In the U.S., about 1 out of 4 people will have an abortion. Making the choice to get an abortion is a personal experience. It may come with a range of different emotions. It’s common to feel grief, relief, anger, and guilt. You may need support to process through these feelings. Some people will want to go through their abortion experience alone. Other people may want to have friends, family, or their partner to support them.

Mental Health resources

If you or a loved one need help, there are resources to support you.

  Call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)

  Call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988

  Call the Local Crisis Call Center at 211

Health education library

Access our Health Education Library and search “miscarriage”, “abortion” or “stillbirth” for more resources.

Last updated: April 22, 2024

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