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9 Things Pregnant and Parenting after Loss Moms want you to know about Breastfeeding after Loss

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) wanted to share the unique experiences pregnant and parenting after loss moms (PAL) face when breastfeeding their babies born after loss. Each mom’s breastfeeding journey differs greatly—even between each child—and those journeys are further complicated by loss of [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

The Unitentional Shaming of Child Loss Parents

“I’ve kept her alive this far,” I joked to work colleagues around the snacks in the break room, 38-weeks pregnant with swollen feet and belly. It was an innocent joke, or so I thought. Little did I know she would be dead before she was to be born just two weeks later. In the weeks [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|13 Comments

10 Things I Felt Guilty about as a Pregnancy After Loss Mom

We all have mom guilt. When you are pregnant again after a loss mom guilt takes on a whole new and different meaning. It is a guilt that lives in the present but spans both worlds of life and death. It’s a strange kind of guilt to carry. Here are some things I often feel [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

10 Things No One Says to the Anxious Pregnancy After Loss Mom (But Probably Should)

During my pregnancy after loss I was SUPER anxious! And you know what, that is TOTALLY normal. A pregnancy that follows a loss is a unique experience, one where the joy of expecting a new baby is riddled with fear. You worry that this baby will die too, just like your previous baby did. It’s [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|2 Comments

A Rainbow, Not A Replacement

When my first baby died, I was obsessed with getting pregnant as quickly as possible.  The grief was so intense, I felt so empty, and I’m not getting any younger.  I worried a lot about others thinking of this baby as replacing my first child, and truthfully I worried that I might feel that way [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|4 Comments

The Isolette

We visited labor and delivery triage numerous times during both of my pregnancies. Each time, except one, they brought me to the room alone to make sure I was safe and not being abused at home. After they were assured that I was safe, my husband could join me. The one time they didn’t follow [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|3 Comments