From the dark valleys to the sunny peaks, Harlynn’s Heart spreads love, support, and hope to families.
On April 9th, 2013, at 37 weeks, Val went in to labor with her and her husband’s second daughter, Harlynn. Upon admission to the hospital, it was discovered Harlynn’s heart was no longer beating. They were devastated by the news. Val delivered Harlynn a few minutes after midnight, April 10th. The entire pregnancy had been “beautiful”, in the words of the doctor. There were no issues, no indication of anything to cause concern, and no medical reason to believe it wouldn’t be just another normal pregnancy, labor, or delivery. In those fateful first moments after entering the hospital, however, Val and her husband realized they had been thrust into a frightening, new journey: losing their baby.
In the days after losing Harlynn, they were connected with a local photographer, Michelle Warren. Michelle was the friend of a friend’s friend. (Might need to re-read that a time or two.) Michelle agreed to take pictures of Harlynn’s visitation and funeral services. In that meeting, a special friendship developed. Michelle had a vision to help families like Val’s: families who had to navigate this treacherous journey of losing their baby. She recognized a need that went beyond the help provided to bereaved families currently, and was determined to act to fulfill it. Michelle shared her vision with Val and asked if they could start “Harlynn’s Heart.”
Founded in the summer of 2013, Harlynn’s Heart is a funded project of Dakota Medical Foundation. We exist to serve families experiencing perinatal or neonatal loss by assisting them in their immediate, short-term, and long-term needs. Bereavement birth companion, hospital assistance, NICU support, planning, presenting valuable resources, and continued methods of support are only a few of the many services Harlynn’s Heart offers to families in their time of grieving and need.
Harlynn’s Heart also co-facilitates a Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group with Hospice of the Red River Valley, meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Meetings take place at the Hospice of the Red River Valley building in Fargo (use the west entrance).
Please visit our Testimonials page to see how families have allowed us to come alongside them in their most vulnerable and sacred moments.