Katie McKenzie

About Katie McKenzie

Katie McKenzie lives in rural central Ohio with her husband Jesse and two daughters, Charlie and Evan. A year after she had their first daughter in June 2014, she and her husband began trying to conceive again. They experienced 3 first trimester miscarriages in 8 months. In May 2016 she found out she was pregnant again and gave birth to their Rainbow in January 2017. She wrote about her pregnancy in a blog, and has began to continue to write about her everyday life, now as a mother of two. You can visit her blogs, Life isn't always Rainbows and A Princess and a Rainbow. Katie is a Registered Nurse who currently works on a postpartum unit. After her own experiences with loss, Katie has become passionate about speaking out about miscarriage and ending the stigma that comes with it.

Evan Roux – My Rainbow is Turning One

As her first birthday is just two weeks away, all I have been thinking about is Evan's birth story. I wish things had gone much smoother than it actually did, but either way this is how she became our Rainbow. My whole pregnancy, I never trusted my body, as I have said many times. I [...]

How my Miscarriages have Affected my Career

I have been a nurse for six years now, working with several different types of patients, and had never really found the type of nursing I wanted to stay with for my future. I had never even considered Maternal and Infant Health before I had our first daughter, Charlie, but my birth experience was so [...]

By | 2017-12-14T10:44:55+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Emotional Health, From Professionals|0 Comments

You Deserve Support

After our second miscarriage, I had a really hard time recovering. The first one was hard enough. Since it "never" happens, how could I even fathom it happening a second time to us? That was impossible, I thought, so I think it hit me in the gut twice as hard. I had no idea what [...]

By | 2017-10-10T21:52:19+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

A Letter to my Rainbow Patients

Dear Mommy who just had a Rainbow Baby, My name is Katie, and I'm going to be your nurse until 7pm. I am going to do an assessment on you and then baby, and then I have some paperwork in this folder to go over with you real quick. It's a lot of information, but [...]

By | 2017-09-07T08:40:37+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Birth, For Dads, From Professionals, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

“A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small,” Dr Seuss – My First Trimester Loss

I was six weeks along. There was not yet a gasp and smile at the sound of the heartbeat. There was not yet a tear at the first sight of the bean on the ultrasound. There was not yet a name assigned. There was no cramping. There was just blood. In the middle of the [...]

Returning to Work Post Rainbow Baby

I work as a registered nurse on the postpartum unit at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I am lucky enough that I was able to take 12 weeks off work after I had our Rainbow in January. Although I love my job, I could not wait to have three whole months off! I was due [...]

By | 2017-05-04T08:12:00+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, The First Year|0 Comments

Parenting a Toddler Through Loss

www.racheljoybarehl.com Before we got pregnant with our Rainbow, we had three losses. We had two miscarriages, and a blighted ovum. Before becoming part of the "pregnancy loss community," I never knew anyone who had had a miscarriage. At least not personally. So why on earth would I fathom it could happen to me? [...]

By | 2017-04-06T16:25:18+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments