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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.

Woman Transforms Wedding Dresses Into Burial 'Angel Gowns' For Newborns

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 11.02.2015 | Weddings

The pain of losing a baby is unimaginable, but one woman aims to make the process a little bit easier on grieving families.  Dawn Laffert...

Why I Believe in Miracles Even After My Son's Death

Jessi Snapp | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Jessi Snapp

My miracle came beautifully wrapped up in a feeble baby boy who fit perfectly in my arms. He was tiny and his life so very brief. But he is no less a miracle. He is my miracle. And I will never stop believing in the power and hope that continues to manifests in his life.

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.

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...

Mom's Powerful Stillbirth Post Issues Important Plea To Parents

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents

A Florida mom's devastating Facebook post about her experience with stillbirth is sending a powerful message to moms and dads across the social media ...

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.

Moving Family Portrait Helps Parents Heal After Infant Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents

When Katy and Justin Patten hired a photographer to take family portraits with their children this year, they had a special vision in mind. The Wiscon...

Viral 'Rainbow Babies' Photo Post Brings Emotional Topic To Light

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents

A Facebook photo post is prompting widespread discussion of an emotional topic for many parents: rainbow babies.  A rainbow baby is a child ...

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?

This Viral Couple Miscarried. Here's What We Can Learn From Them

Ann Zamudio | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

To Sam and Nia, I send my heartfelt condolences. I thank you for sharing your journey with the world and for allowing the world to grieve with you. While we join them in mourning the loss of the child they'd only just started to celebrate, I think there are many things we can take away from their very public experience.

With Zuckerberg's Announcement: Congratulations, Condolences, and Gratitude

Nancy Davis Johnson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Nancy Davis Johnson

Congratulations to Zuckerberg and Chan, and our condolences for all you've faced. We share your hope, and we know there's an anxiety about pregnancy after loss that won't completely go away until that child arrives.

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....

After A Miscarriage, Mom Encourages Others To 'Talk About The Baby'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents

After opening up about her experience with pregnancy loss and helping to break the silence around the topic, mom and filmmaker Ann Zamudio has a ...

Shining a Light on Our Dreams: A Conversation With Author Bridget Foley

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Bridget Foley is the author of the debut novel, Hugo & Rose, a story where a woman's life long dreams intersects painfully with her everyday life. I spoke with Foley about honesty, dreams, and motherhood.

What Happened in the Half Decade Without My Son

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

About two years after Zach's death, I decided that I had to channel my grief and anger into something good or it was going to consume me. It was important that I find a way to prevent other families from experiencing the devastating tragedy of stillbirth and give Zach's life meaning and purpose.

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 Father's Advocacy Never Ends

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

This year I'm celebrating Father's Day with an empty highchair at our dinner table. A year ago we lost our son Landon to stillbirth at 38 weeks gestation, just a few days before his due date.

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.

You Did Not Lose a Thing

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

To anyone who has lost a child, you may have felt you lost everything the day your baby died. What I want to tell you is that you did not lose a thing. I believe these signs are here for all of us to see. We just have to be able to see it. And when we do see it, to know our loved ones are comforting us.

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.

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.