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Pregnancy Loss

Now Is The Time To Talk About Your Pregnancy Loss

Ann Zamudio | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

To so many of the people fighting through this, it can bring an incredible amount of comfort to hear that they're not alone.

A Wife's Letter to Her Childless Husband on Father's Day

Dani De Luca | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Dani De Luca

I lay in bed the other night, hands crossed over my heart and legs pin-straight, and thought of those words: This is not about me at all, is it? This is all about you.

With Gratitude To Dads Who Parent (And Partner) Through Grief

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

"How is Alana doing?" It is a question my husband has been asked frequently in the three and a half years since our pregnancy losses began. His ability to carry on after loss is assumed. Mine is apparently cause for concern.

10 Things To Do When Someone You Know Has Experienced Pregnancy Loss

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Alana Rosenstein

Don't minimize the precious child she has lost by saying she can always have another child, she was "only" at 10 weeks, or at least she has another child. She is grieving a life that lived inside of her -- for however short a time -- and that life and loss deserves honor and respect.

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 Talk About My Stillbirth

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Alana Rosenstein

When I was pregnant or trying to conceive, I hated hearing stories about pregnancy loss and stillbirth. It wasn't just because I felt sad for the families involved (though I certainly did); I wanted to pretend that such losses didn't happen to women like me.

5 Ways to Support a Family Expecting a Rainbow Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

If you know a mama expecting a rainbow baby, one of the most beautiful things you can do is sensitively validate her feelings, and empathetically follow her lead. I am so grateful to my family and friends who've done just this, and in doing so, have allowed me to celebrate the rainbow in my belly, honor the angel in my heart, and cherish the sweet child in my arms.

Anna Almendrala

7 Miscarriage Myths That Are Harmful And Isolating

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents

A troubling percentage of American adults believe that miscarriages are rare and caused by a woman’s negative lifestyle choices, stress or physical ...

5 Things You Should Know About Mother's Day and Pregnancy Loss

Ann Zamudio | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

Too many Mother's Days are spent overlooking women who don't have living children. Let's take the opportunity to change that this year. Remember all the mothers in your lives, especially the ones who might be hurting.

Pregnancy Loss and the Medical Profession: A Parent's Perspective

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

As a parent who has been through two miscarriages and a stillbirth, I have had the opportunity to experience medical professionals' responses to pregnancy loss first hand. Some were comforting and validating. Others -- like Dr. P's -- have been clumsy, hurtful, or off-putting.

Blaming myself

Denise Geelhart | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

Part of me still worried that I would suffer another loss if I got pregnant again. At 42, the odds were that I would lose another baby. But all I could do was hope that I would not deal with the heartbreak again.

Denver Archbishop Has Wrong Response to Terrible Attack on Pregnant Woman

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

Thirty-eight states have feticide laws passed with the promise that they would protect pregnant women and their "unborn children" from harm. Yet there is hard evidence that these laws actually hurt them.

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.

Our Silence Only Strengthens Our Suffering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

If you stay silent, I can pretty much guarantee it will be difficult to find the support and love you will so need in this lifelong journey of loss and recovery.

Out of the Woods?

Tamar Henry | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Tamar Henry

When you have a history of pregnancy loss, you are hyper-aware that you're never out of the woods. You know that anything can happen in the first trimester or after.

How I Healed After A Pregnancy Loss

Andi Wickman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Andi Wickman

As most of these stories go... in the beginning all was good. November 19, 2010 was the day it all turned horribly bad. I remember being super freaked out while driving with my husband to the 19th week ultrasound appointment. I shook it off as being normal and pushed my fear way down.

When A Date Is All You Have

Carissa K | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Carissa K

I think most of us have a date that sticks with us. For me the world briefly stops spinning on a date in mid-February. Noted as February 14th, 2/14, 14 February, 2-14, the 14th of February, or even Valentine's Day, this is a date that forever gives me pause.

Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

James Sims | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
James Sims

It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.

The Gift of Omission

Tamar Henry | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Tamar Henry

I am all for celebrating the phenomenal beauty of a healthy pregnancy. After losing three pregnancies, I'm likely more appreciative than the average person of what a remarkable miracle a full-term pregnancy and healthy baby is.

It Happened to Me: Infertility Treatments Didn't Work and I Defined My Own Motherhood

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

We must give ourselves permission to make our own family, however that may look. And, as a society we must all have more fertility compassion for whatever those means are.

Loss is Loss and Comparison Only Leaves Us Alone In It

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Does it hurt less that I have lost three, but she has lost five? Does it hurt less that you at least got a couple of years with him? Does it hurt less that she lived a longer life and mine never grew?

he Storm That Follows a Lost Pregnancy

Tina Donvito | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Tina Donvito

The snow did indeed come, and as we hunkered down at home I was glad the world was howling along with me. The storm was an aberration against nature, just as losing my baby was. Snow in October is not supposed to happen. Losing your baby is not supposed to happen.

5 Ways Pregnancy After a Miscarriage Is Different

Meredith Hale | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

A miscarriage is a scar that never fully fades; no matter how much time goes by, a shadow of that loss always lingers.

I Can't Share Your Joy

Sarah Warman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

I see the updates. I see the newly posted pictures of a growing belly. I see the pictures of a nursery that was tirelessly decorated. I have the same pictures. But you'll never see them. It's not because I'm ashamed of my belly or because I'm an awful painter or decorator. It's because I didn't get the happy ending.

Talking To Children About Pregnancy And Infant Loss

Tara Shafer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Tara Shafer

I still think a lot about that searing winter when the dead and the living were juxtaposed, each clamoring impossibly to be understood. I remember the white-hot grief and the blunt-force trauma of my sudden loss, and also the sweet presence of my little boy, playing with blocks.