Support Groups and Projects

Student Support Group | Heart & Lung Transplant Education and Support Group | The Leukemia & Lymphoma Group | Early History Project | Safe Haven


Student Support Group

The Department of Social Work implements a weekly MSW & BSW Student Support Group that is a component of the Field Instruction Program with the School of Social Work. It is facilitated by two master degreed social workers from the department.

This group was created for the student interns to have an hour a week to share their experiences in their field placements, obtain feed back from fellow interns and clinical social workers in the department. This group provides a safe place for students to share any challenges they may be experiencing in the undergraduate and graduate school curriculum and internship program.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Group

This support group is co-sponsored by the Medical Center and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society every 4th Tuesday of the month. It is held in the Patient Resource Center conference room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The group is open to both inpatients and outpatients, and their families and features a different topic and speaker each month. Topics/speakers are geared toward those suffering with a blood cancer (i.e. new clinical trials, how to manage fatigue and nausea, intimacy while undergoing chemotherapy, etc.).

Attendees are welcome to simply show up at their leisure or for questions they can call:
Beth Wintermute at 410-328-3595 or Tracy Orwig at 410-527-0220.


Safe Haven

What is Safe Haven?

Safe Haven is a Maryland law that allows parents to surrender their baby without fear of arrest or prosecution. No questions will be asked. It is completely anonymous and confidential. Not everyone is ready to be a parent. Sometimes babies are abandoned in unsafe places where they are left to die. Abandoning a baby is illegal. The Safe Haven program is a legal alternative that protects newborns.

How does it work?

Babies who are less than 3 days old can be brought to the Pediatric Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center anytime, day or night. The infant should be handed to an employee and told, "This is a Safe Haven baby". Again, no questions will be asked. The person surrendering the baby is free to go.

What happens to the baby?

The infant will be given medical care if needed and then transferred to Child Protective Services. From there, the child will be placed for adoption through the foster care system.


Antepartum Support Group

This group is offered to inpatients admitted for bed rest during pregnancy every Thursday.  Expectant mothers are encouraged to attend to learn more about coping with pregnancy bed rest and meet other mothers and families experiencing the same thing.  Call Catherine Miller 410-328-6862 for more information. 


For patient inquiries or to make an appointment, call 1-800-492-5538.