Aria Carlson

About Aria Carlson

Aria Carlson is a wife, mother, artist, and a writer. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and son. Five months after they were married, Aria and her husband were surprised when she became pregnant. In May of 2012, their son Toby was born. Aria struggled at first to embrace motherhood, since it happened earlier than she was planning; but her heart softened and her desires of being a stay at home mom to lots of littles began to blossom. After Toby’s first birthday, Aria and her husband were excited to learn that they were expecting again. Unfortunately the pregnancy ended in an early miscarriage. It was a difficult journey, but Aria found healing and courage to try again. In October of 2013, she became pregnant again. At 16 weeks Aria was diagnosed with a subchorionic hematoma and put on bed rest. At 18 weeks she was diagnosed with a partial placental abruption and told to continue bed rest. During her 20 week ultrasound she was told that the placental bleed was healing and was hopeful for a good outcome. At 21 weeks Aria experienced severe abdominal pain so her husband took her to the hospital. They were told there that she had experienced Premature Rupture of Membranes (she thought it was just bleeding from the hematoma/placental abruption) and that there was no more amniotic fluid. Aria and her husband fought to find compassionate care in an effort to save their baby. In February of 2014, their daughter Zuri Rose was born at 22 weeks 1 day; they had five beautiful minutes with her before she passed away. Now 15 weeks pregnant, Aria is trying to grieve with grace, while navigating the challenges of a pregnancy after loss. You can read more about her journey, and the many adventures as the mom of a toddler, on her blog The Suburban Hippy Momma.

Welcoming in the New Grief

photo credit: google   We can all agree that the grief journey is sacred and unpredictable to each individual. Lately I’ve been feeling that my grief has been shifting, and causing me to change with it. It’s been a slow change, it took a while to distinguish that it was even there; but [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:12:16+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, The First Year|0 Comments

More Kids?

In the community of parents familiar with loss, we all experience situations where we are asked questions that can make us unsure of how to answer; the most common is “how many children do you have?” Now that I’ve gone through the experience of having a rainbow baby, a new question has been added to [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:15:05+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Emotional Health, The First Year, Uncategorized|0 Comments


I had no idea what to expect of myself after Zoe’s arrival, so I tried to be prepared for whatever might come. Emotionally I’ve been able to stay stable (mostly), which has actually surprised me; my track record hasn’t always been the best when it comes to handling major life changes. A few weeks after [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:00+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Emotional Health, The First Year, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Rainbow Birth Story: Zoe Grace

Zoe Grace   For majority of my pregnancy, my main concern was about keeping baby girl inside of me until it was safe for her to come out; once I hit the full-term mark I suddenly felt like she would be safer outside of me, where I could see her and hold her. [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:28+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Birth, Rainbow Birth Stories|0 Comments

Dear Sweet Momma… You are Brave

Dear Sweet Momma, Of all the things I want to share with you about the journey of being pregnant after a loss, nothing matters more than affirming to you just how brave you are. You are brave for putting your feet on the floor every day, staring fear in the face and saying “you don’t [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:17:35+00:00 February 20th, 2015|Love Letters, PAL Second Annual Love Letters Series|0 Comments