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Pregnancy Loss

When Your Truth Makes Others Uncomfortable

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I know my story is hard. I know it makes you sad, and maybe even angry. And, it makes you really uncomfortable. And yet, I won't go away. Because I do matter.

Inside The Quiet Culture Of Pregnancy Loss

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

Every word used to describe the way you feel after a miscarriage epitomizes everything you are in that moment... empty, hollow, exposed -- but none of those words describe what you really are... overwhelmed, devastated, and incredibly sad.

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What You Just Did Was Huge

Ann Zamudio | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

While the announcement of your rainbow baby is joyous and meaningful news, something else in your status update struck a chord with millions and sent a very loud message to the Internet -- miscarriage doesn't need to be a secret. This is huge.

After Four Miscarriages, We Got Our Happy Ending

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

A few days before Christmas, I got a call at work from my fertility specialist's office. The nurse told me that yes, I was pregnant. But the levels did not look great, and they wanted me to come in after the holiday to recheck the numbers again. Four losses in 13 months. I was beyond devastated.

More People Should Be Honest About Miscarriage

Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna Almendrala

Yes, losing my pregnancy was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. But it was also a universal experience, and one that now connected me to a cloud of mothers like Priscilla who gave me hope for myself and the future of my family.

Why Are Miscarriages So Upsetting to Tentative Parents?

Quora | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Quora

Yes, we knew we'd be trying again, but that first joy of pregnancy would never be the same. The innocent happiness was gone ... I spent the first twenty weeks of my subsequent pregnancy worrying I'd miscarry.

A Staggering Collection Of Stories About Stillbirth

The New York Times | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents

Few families are prepared when a baby dies prior to delivery. Here, parents who have navigated this difficult experience shared their insights....

Evelyn Lozada Opens Up About Her Recent Miscarriage

OWN | Posted 07.18.2015 | OWN

When 39-year-old Evelyn Lozada learned she was pregnant with her third child, she was thrilled. But once the "Livin' Lozada" star was six weeks along,...

Woman's Poignant Video Shows Why We Should Talk About Pregnancy Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents

According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 15 to 20% of pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, usually during the first seven weeks....

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.