Make a difference, volunteer or give financial support today! We are in the process of reaching non-profit status, and in the middle of a marketing push to get the word out to everyone in our community. Any gift will help with fees, printing brochures, sponsoring a book or meal for a grieving mom, or even providing childcare for those using our services.
Currently we are in need of Licensed Counselors or Licensed Social Workers who would like to volunteer to lead Cradled groups and also licensed translator volunteers.
Please fill out the contact form or e-mail us with any way you are able to help. If you'd like to make a donation, please make out a check to Cradled and mail it to:
Cradled by love, hope, and healing
P.O. Box 5119
Waco, Texas 76708
Or donate through PayPal:
A Story of Hope
Maybe you've begun to miscarry, or maybe a Doppler or ultrasound has confirmed no heartbeat. Maybe you were told your baby will not survive, or you experienced tragedy at birth. We are so sorry. We hurt for you, and we want you to know there is love, hope and healing for you.
Someone is here to walk with you so you don't have to navigate this journey alone. Whether you are in a moment of crisis or years down the road, Cradled offers individual support as well as weekly peer support groups.
Cradled Support Groups
Cradled currently offers support groups in Waco, Texas and Hendersonville, TN. Please check on News and Events for the most current dates and locations of these groups.
Cradled Group Sessions are for adults only and for anyone that has experienced the loss of a baby at any stage in their pregnancy. It is also intended for families that have experienced a stillbirth or an early infant loss. Your group leader will want to meet with you prior to you attending the group sessions to help you decide if the group setting is the best place of support for you.
Your group leader will also be able to share more about the group process and what to expect when he/she meets with you prior to the group sessions.
The group process is a very special process and is a place you can share your story and know you are not alone in your journey to healing. We hope that you will feel very cradled and loved during this group process.
Please see the attached group confidentiality statement if you are considering attending our group sessions. You will be asked to sign one of these at our first group meeting.
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In the spring of 2011, Rachel listened to the Lord’s calling in her life to begin a ministry to support women and families that have experienced the loss of a baby. With the devotion and guidance of Regina Easily-Young, Rachel and Regina led the first Cradled support group that spring. Many wonderful people have come alongside Rachel since then and share in her desire to see broken hearts restored. She is still leading support groups in Waco, Texas and is the Executive Director on Cradled’s board.
Rachel graduated from Baylor in 2000 with her BS in Education and earned her MSEd in Counseling at Texas A&M Central Texas in 2006. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC Intern). Rachel currently works as the school counselor for Live Oak Classical School in Waco and a counselor for Texas School Neuropyschology.
Rachelle lost her first baby at 22 weeks of pregnancy. She wishes she had known people to talk to immediatly following finding out their baby had died in order to make decisions about how to deliver and what to expect from the hospital. Since then she has made it her mission to inform women and answer questions about all of the possibilities for the next step and how the mom would like her baby cared for post partum.
After losing Grace, Rachelle has offered to be a listening ear for women who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss in hopes they will find hope and healing. She has met many women at different stages of loss, and her heart goes out to them. While in Central Texas, she combined talents and efforts with Rachel and Joyce to create a community where women are supported and informed and Obstetricians, Midwives and hospitals know there is a place to continue emotional care for these women.
Rachelle relocated to the Nashville, TN area but she maintains her position on the board for Cradled and plans to continue Cradled support groups in Nashville. You can check out her whole story at her blog www.rachellebelievinggod.blogspot.com The beginning of the blog in 2008 is a collection of her journal entries when they lost baby Grace. In addition to her love for people, and empathetic heart, Rachelle holds a BA in Psychology from Baylor University and course work for a Master of Social Work. She has work experience primarily in state government and schools (although her jobs, volunteer work, and interests cover a wide range!)
Joyce is the mother of three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, but feels a heavy heart each day after losing a baby girl at 16 weeks in 2009. Following her loss, Joyce looked for support. She is blessed with a caring husband and supportive family and friends but saw that as others moved through the hurt and pain, she still struggled daily.
She knew that she could not weather this deep pain alone and sought out other mothers who had been through a similar experience. Joining Cradled and working with Rachel and Rachelle has allowed Joyce to honor her baby by telling her story. It also allows her to help support other families that are experiencing loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant loss.
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Baylor University and has both teaching and research experience that relates to her work with Cradled.
Jason and Rachel Craig (founder of Cradled) have been married for 15 years and have two children and one on the way. Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licesned Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). He and Rachel own Texas School Neuropsychology and Education Services (www.texasschoolneuropsychology.com).
Jason often attends the Cradled group sessions and offers his support to the grieving fathers in our group sessions. He is also an ordained minister and will help officiate a memorial service or funeral service for your baby if you so request.
Jason earned his BS in Psychology and Biology from Mississippi College. He then went on to earn his MDiv at Truett Seminary at Baylor University. He attended Texas A&M Central Texas following seminary and earned his MS in Psychology. Jason currently is a board member for The Center for Learning and Development in Waco, TX and a board member for Cradled by Love, Hope, and Healing.
Shortly before her son's first birthday, Tasha and her husband received an unexpected surprise when they discovered they were expecting their second child. However, after the first ultrasound at 8 weeks, the doctor confirmed that the baby had failed to develop, and there was no heartbeat. Shortly after her miscarriage, Tasha attended a Cradled support group in the spring of 2011, where she found the warmth and comfort she needed to grieve and to heal. Tasha is so appreciative of those who volunteered their love and support through Cradled to help her through a difficult time. The feelings that accompany the loss of a child can be overwhelming, and being in a community of women who shared a similar experience brought her peace in a safe, quiet group setting. Tasha is from Central Texas and graduated from East Texas Baptist University and Baylor Law School. She is an attorney in Waco, Texas.
Christi has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 10 years. They have two daughters and a son. Christi experienced her first loss with the death of her first daughter at 6 weeks old to bacterial meningitis. After that, she suffered an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage. Christi first attended a Cradled group in 2012 to support a friend. She has attended other groups since then to help out and is on the board of directors for Cradled. Christi is an accountant in Waco at a local accounting firm. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 2000 with a degree in accounting.
In a Heartbeat by Dawn Siegrist Waltman
Mommy Please Don’t Cry… There are no tears in Heaven by Linda DeYmaz
Mending Invisible Wings: Healing From the Loss of Your Baby by Mary Burgess
Always My Twin by Valerie R. Samuels
I’ll Hold You in Heaven Remembrance Book by Debbie Heydrick
I’ll Hold You in Heaven by Jack Hayford
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Empty Arms by Pam Vredevelt
Holding Onto Hope by Nancy Guthrie
Wannenberg - Grieving the child I never knew
Burpo - Heaven is for Real
Smith - I Will Carry You
Crabb - Shattered Dreams
Kohn, Moffitt and Wilkins - A Silent Sorrow
Rainey and Rainey - Mutz
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Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah Davis
Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart by Marie Allen and Shelly Marks
For Better or for Worse: For Couples Whose Child has Died by The Centering Corporation
When Hello Means Goodbye ~ A Guide for Parents whose child dies before birth, at birth or shortly after birth by Pat Schwiebert
Books to Help Children Grieve the Loss
Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister by Ellen Yeomans
We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But we Had an Angel Instead by Pat Schwiebert
Something Happened: A book for children and parents who have experienced pregnancy loss by Cathy Blanford
Check out Audrey's story:
Check out Reese's story:
Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance:
Online magazine for infant loss and infertility:
Center for Loss in Multiple Births:
If your baby has no heartbeat early in the first trimester, you might want to look at this site:
Events in 2014
Cradled Support group
Cradled Support group
Cradled Support group
279 Creek Bend Rd, McGregor, TX
Child Care is NOT available
12/2/2014 6:30 p.m.
DaySpring Baptist Church in the Chapel.
Child Care is available. Please RSVP to Rachel Craig 254-855-5102 for childcare reservations.
It is encouraged for children ages birth- Kindergarten go attend childcare. 1st grade and up are invited to attend the memorial service with their family.
Cradled 6 week Support group--meeting at the Babb Center in Hendersonville, TN. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details and to discuss childcare
Cradled Connections is coming up on November 19th and
Cradled Memorial Service on December 2nd.
See the Events tab for more details.
Tennessee event for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day October 15!
Starts at 6:30 in the First Baptist Hendersonville Hearthside Room. Refreshments, Activities and a Balloon Release. All are welcome!
Details and RSVP at www.babbcenter.org/remember
October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Cradled will honor this day by meeting at Painting With a Twist in Waco, TX at 6:30 p.m.
Cradled now has a Tennessee Chapter! See the Events tab for times and dates.
If you are interested in joining this support group contact Rachelle Huitink
Cradled is currently awaiting our 501c3 status to be approved.
T-shirts are for sale! Get a T-shirt to show your support for Cradled! All proceeds will help Cradled with fees to obtain non-profit status, costs for printing brochures to give to doctors, midwives and hospitals, and maintaining the website. We thank you!
Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL $15.00 (plus $4.00 shipping)
To order contact RACHEL CRAIG
Here are some more ideas if you would like to donate to help
someone who has lost a baby.
$10..... Sponsor child care for a support group meeting or one-on-one meeting
$15..... Sponsor a book from our resource list
$30..... Sponsor a meal for when the family returns from the hospital/clinic
$5 - $50..... Donation toward brochure printing and distribution
$100..... Sponsor a professional photography session for family and baby
Please notate if you are donating in honor or memory of someone or if the gift goes to someone special. Our heart is to help as many women and families as we can; we can do so much more with your support!
Cradled by Love, Hope and Healing
P.O. Box 5119
Waco, TX 76708
All of these services are complimentary. When able, please give us as much notice as possible--we will respond as quickly as we can. We care deeply about your situation; at this time we are an all-volunteer organization, and occasionally, circumstances in our own lives may prevent us from replying as soon as we would prefer. We appreciate your understanding, and rest assured we will do our best to get back with you!