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Baby Loss

How to Help Bereaved Dads on Father's Day

Tara Shafer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

In breaking the silence around pregnancy and infant loss, we need to remember that men suffer loss too. In helping them understand their own experience or grief we are making our families stronger.

A Woman Loses More Than the Baby After Her Miscarriage

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Robin Cassady

As a survivor of miscarriage, it is hard to not feel like you have lost your self-worth after miscarrying your pregnancy. You feel like a complete failure to yourself, your significant other, and to that child. You lose your sense of empowerment as a woman and it is hard to get it back.

Why I Don't Want to Lose My Stretch Marks

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

As our hearts ache, I can remember that for nine months, he grew within me. My heartbeat was his lullaby. He was safe, and he was already so loved. My body bears the signs and screams out he was here. He was here. He was here.

You're Still a Mother on Mother's Day if You've Had a Miscarriage

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Robin Cassady

Recently, I was asked if it would be appropriate for a man to buy his wife a Mother's Day gift even after the loss of their unborn child.

Being Grateful for What Followed My Miscarriage

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Robin Cassady

Losing a child during pregnancy or after birth at any time can change your life. I chose to allow it to strengthen me and teach me what to appreciate and be thankful for.

How We're Celebrating Our Twins' Third Birthday When One of Our Birthday Boys Is No Longer Here

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I own the heartache of Micah. I celebrate Micah, speak his name, and share his story in ways that bring me peace. I love that I can now confidently and calmly say: It is Micah and Zachary's birthday.

5 Ways to Help Those Remembering Baby Loss in the Holiday Season

Tara Shafer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

Many holiday traditions represent light and birth, and for a family coping with pregnancy or infant loss, the ironies and companion absences can be too stark to bear easily.

Yoga Practice as a Tool for Coping With Baby Loss

Tara Shafer | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Tara Shafer

In the months following my son's death, yoga enabled a pathway for me to experience myself in my body again. In a rich and saffron-hued yoga studio, lit in the evening with candles, I learned to stay in a moment even as I yearned to escape it.

10 Reasons Why Babywearing Rocks

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Babywearing helps us keep up with chores, work and life. 2014-10-07-DSC_8355.jpgWe can do almost anything while wearing our babies -- write, cook, work, walk -- anything that can be safely done with a baby on our chest or back.

The Last Days of Mommymilk

Andrea Meyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

I stopped breastfeeding my son when he was 2 years, 7 months and 12 days old. It wasn't easy.

10 Things Parents Of Preemies Need To Know From Day One In The NICU

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Do not let anyone intimidate or shame you for being your baby's advocate. You are not annoying. You are not stupid. You are not going to jeopardize your baby's care. Your baby needs you to speak up for him/her, respectfully.

What I Really Want To Say When You Ask Why My Son's Hair Is Long

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Before you judge the mother of a little boy with long hair, take a step back and consider the bigger picture. What has this family been through? What has this little boy been through?

10 Incredible Gifts For NICU Families

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

A community of love will help NICU families become the best advocates, nurturers and champions for their precious babies.

What Brings Me Peace After The Loss Of My Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I am blessed for the richness that Micah has forever added to my life. Giving back to other families is one of the best ways for me to stay close to Micah.

I Finally Understand Why I Don't Want Another Baby

Andrea Meyer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

I do still wish, more than anything, that I had two children: Aidan and Nina. But now I know that longing for the daughter I lost does not mean I want a replacement.