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Pregnancy Loss

Hard Conversations Worth Having

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

We had just been informed that my wife's pregnancy had come to an end, in the form of a miscarriage, an hour or so before. One fact had escaped us when we received this news -- that my wife would have to go about her life over the next few days with our miscarried child still inside her, because our doctor only performed the D&Cs on Wednesday afternoons.

21 Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Miscarriages To Support Other Women

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents

According to estimates from the American College of Obstetricians and the Mayo Clinic, between 15 and 20 percent of known pregnancies end in...

Even In Our Longing

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 10.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I've always wondered how our family portrait would ever be complete. How do I honor my three without my three here on earth? And then some photos from a few photographers starting showing up on my social media, a result of how much coverage Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is getting this year.

My Miscarriages Are The Reason I'm Announcing My Pregnancy Early

Jenny Evans | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Following the 12-week rule had been, for me at least, damaging. In fact, I'm not sure it's doing anyone any favors.

What I Wish My Doctors (and Other Medical Professionals) Knew About Pregnancy Loss

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

Few situations highlight our inability to fix and make better more starkly than the loss of a baby. Medical professionals treating a family affected by miscarriage or stillbirth are faced not only with the inability to fix or heal the baby who has died, but also uncertainty about how to respond to the grieving parents.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Delivered My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

When the doctor confirmed my worst suspicions and slowly helped me up from the exam table, I asked, "What happens now? Do I need to have a D&C?" He shook his head no. "You'll need to deliver." With those words, I was transported into a "through the looking glass" world where life as it was supposed to be was turned on its head.

What I Learned When I Announced My Pregnancy Loss

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

We had lost one of our babies, his heart no longer beating and his body no longer growing. We had endured the ultrasound and sat side-by-side as doctors explained the unexplainable and had made our way home, zombies in our loss and grief and shock.

Finding The Why

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

I was in the middle of living out my fantasy of having two kids, two years apart when my son died at 39 weeks. He was a full term 7 pound, 1 ounce baby who had become tangled in the umbilical cord.

9 Poignant Cards That Find The Words You Can't When Someone Loses A Baby

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents

A mom and psychologist has developed a line of empathy cards that she hopes will break down the silence around a common but not often discussed source...

Why I'm Still a Very Lucky Mommy

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

The year-and-a-half since our loss has been among the most challenging times in my life, but also a time filled with reminders of how very fortunate I am.

A Yom Kippur Search for Forgiveness About My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Alana Rosenstein

This year, still grieving my stillborn son, I struggle with questions of guilt and forgiveness that my schoolgirl self could not have fathomed. How do you say "I'm sorry" to the baby whose eyes will never see the world outside his mother's womb?

Miscarriage -- 1 Year Later

Sarah Warman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Sarah Warman

This storm may have shaken, frightened and crushed me, but it has not destroyed me. I am still here. Even though I have suffered a loss, I have found myself again. Although, this version of myself is greatly different than just a year ago, I am "me" again. And for today, that is enough.

To The Moms Who Helped Me Through My Miscarriage

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I don't reach out as often as I should. But I see your beautiful families. And I smile.

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

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.