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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

When Nurses See More Than Birth and Babies

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Perinatal nursing is sweet and magical and everything you think it would be. But everyone only thinks of the birth and the babies. No one ever thinks or talks about the pain of pregnancy, the heartbreak of infertility or the difficulty of death.

The Other Quiet Mom

Nancy Davis Johnson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Johnson

Stories that end with "and then they couldn't find the baby's heartbeat" generally stop a conversation. So these recollections tend to be kept inside, ratcheting up the aloneness that feels like it can smother a mother who has lost a child.

Telling Stories of Loss on National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Tara Shafer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Tara Shafer

On the night of my son's stillbirth, I experienced a range of emotions I could live several lifetimes and never really begin to describe. I felt absolutely separate from my body. I felt intermittently like a witness to events.

A Story of Pregnancy Loss

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

Many of the feelings I experienced soon after our loss were expected: sadness, deep grief, anger. But what surprised me most, and what I wasn't prepared for was the shame -- the overwhelming feeling that I had failed in the way that mattered most, and that it could never be forgiven.

Once My Child, Always My Child

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Micah is my son and always will be. I will never "move on." I love Micah just as much as I love Zachary. Micah is gone from our arms, but not from our family.

To an Invisible Mom

Lea Grover | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

Whether or not you hold your own baby in your arms, squirming with life and constant need, you are still a mother. With the weight of your loss, you are not diminished. You are not other. You are one of us -- one of the club.

7 Ways You Can Support Someone Who Has Lost a Baby

Candace Wohl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Candace Wohl

If you know someone that has recently had a miscarriage or infant loss, we have compiled a list of ways you can support them during their struggle to right themselves in a world turned up-side-down.