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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....

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.

9 Ways To Cope After A Miscarriage Or Stillbirth

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

If you are not trying to have a baby, then you may never know you miscarry. Yet many couples are proactively trying to become pregnant. They may be in denial about how many miscarriages actually occur.

A Mother's Day Message to Our Daughters

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Healthy Birth Day

When we lost you more than a decade ago, we mourned the fact that we would never get to know you. But these past few weeks have given us a glimpse of your personalities. You're endlessly generous. You're smart, fierce and strong.

A Mother's Day Love Story From An Invisible Mom

Kari D'Elia | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Kari D'Elia

Dark: An appointment with the NICU doctors where we were reminded of realities of his diagnosis. Light: A beach day on Cape Cod followed by a scoop of the best ginger ice cream I've ever had. Dark: Waking up on Mother's Day knowing that I am going to be a mom to a boy in Heaven.

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.

Sisterhood Creates a Movement in the Making

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

When we began our journey together nearly 12 years ago we were just five moms with broken hearts and empty arms. As I reflect back I think about what we all went through. Together we survived and came out stronger on the other side.

Planning to Hold a Rainbow

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

I was struggling to connect with this pregnancy, because I was so worried that it would be taken away. Even a was struggling to connect with this pregnancy, because I was so worried that it would be taken away.

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.

One Mom's Story: PTSD Not Just for War Veterans

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 04.11.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

The suddenness of our loss shook me to the core. How could this happen when I was doing everything right? I was doing everything I was told to do.

Things to Know When Your Friend Loses a Baby

Tara Shafer | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

Mourning loss is healthy. It promotes integration of normal and understandable grief. When women are unable to access helpful social networks, however, complicated grief may present.

How One Mom Is Helping Prevent Stillbirths in 2015

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Although our family will never be complete without Harper, I am grateful each and every day for the gift of our daughter. Every time I get to tell someone how to "Count the Kicks," I do it in honor of her. I hope she's proud of her mommy.

5 Ways to Help Those Remembering Baby Loss in the Holiday Season

Tara Shafer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

Many holiday traditions represent light and birth, and for a family coping with pregnancy or infant loss, the ironies and companion absences can be too stark to bear easily.

Moms Share How Counting to 10 During Pregnancy Saved Their Babies

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

We were five Iowa moms determined to make a difference. We met after we lost daughters within months of each other due to pregnancy complications or stillbirth. Through a series of conversations with doctors and each other, we realized one thing that could help save babies: Counting Kicks.

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.