Laura Malcolm

About Laura Malcolm

Laura Malcolm is the proud mother of Layla, who was stillborn at 35 weeks in November 2013, and Diego, her little brother born in November 2014. After Laura and her husband James experienced coming home from the hospital without a child, they knew there had to be a better way to help direct families in how to most effectively give help, no matter how far away they were - and Layla’s legacy, Give InKind  was born. Laura and James now run Give InKind, while parenting an active toddler and preparing for another rainbow to join their home. You can follow the Give InKind journey on the webFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 28 – When It’s Not OK, but It’s Still Great

One of the things I’ve found hardest about being a “loss mom” is the need to qualify pretty much everything wonderful that happens with my rainbow son. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. It’s great, but it will never replace her. How would this be different if my life hadn’t changed? That’s not fair [...]

By | 2017-08-14T15:28:39+00:00 August 14th, 2017|28weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27 – What Makes Us Stronger

Look, this opinion might change in a few weeks. I get that. The closer I get to the end, the closer I get to the dreaded Week 35, the more I know my anxiety will build. But today – today I can type with ease these words to all of you: It. Gets. Easier. This [...]

By | 2017-08-07T14:49:01+00:00 August 7th, 2017|2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 26 – Slowing Down

My midwife said this would happen. At my last visit a few weeks ago, I told her I was in the glory days of pregnancy. My energy was peak, I was exercising again, I felt awesome. I registered for a triathlon next month. My family was eating delicious, home-cooked meals every night. She just smiled [...]

By | 2017-07-31T12:20:29+00:00 July 31st, 2017|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 25 – Can There Be Calm Without a Storm?

I know I should just be happy. This baby boy makes his presence known at every turn – an anterior placenta and measurements two weeks ahead mean that here at 25 weeks, I feel him – all day, every day, with kicks that I can see through my shirt. He’s a busy boy, so busy [...]

By | 2017-07-24T15:14:33+00:00 July 24th, 2017|25 weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24 – Lost Its Meaning (For Me)

I know that everyone’s experience with this week is different, and I can only speak for my experience. I don’t discount at all that viability week is significant for so many of our PALS mamas. When my we found out that Layla would be stillborn at 35 weeks and 3 days, all I could think [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:06:25+00:00 July 17th, 2017|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 23 – Creating Space to Balance the What-Ifs

This is never an easy week for me, but this one was a doozy. Last Friday marked 11 years since my father passed away unexpectedly. How I’ve commemorated that day has changed over the years, much the same way that how I honor Layla on her day has changed over time. I used to take [...]

By | 2017-07-10T13:06:21+00:00 July 10th, 2017|23weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 22 – Asking for the Reassurance You Need

I took my first trip to L&D this weekend. I wondered how long I’d make it before I’d find myself ‘headed in for a check’ on a weekend, and the answer is – 22 weeks (well, 21.5 weeks). The thing is, I knew I was ok. Thursday night I started feeling pretty crummy – super [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:23:57+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|22weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 21 – Courage.

The definition of courage may be the thing that has changed the most in my life. When we’re young, courage is getting up in front of the school for that first talent show or solo or speech. As we get older, it’s admitting when we’re wrong, learning how to say goodbye to loved ones, swallowing [...]

By | 2017-06-26T11:53:28+00:00 June 26th, 2017|21weeks, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 20 – Sharing the News

Each of my pregnancy shares has been so different. With Layla, I was still blissfully ignorant to this world of pregnancy loss that I knew nothing of. I waited for that magical 12-week mark, until after the ultrasound where we saw our baby start to look like more than a tadpole, until I thought we [...]

By | 2017-06-19T15:37:08+00:00 June 19th, 2017|20weeks, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 19 – Marathon Training (or, this must be mile 12)

I’ve never run a marathon. I can’t say running has ever been my thing, though there was once a time I could crank out five miles with my girlfriends without stopping. My body, like my life and my mental state, has ebbed and flowed between fit and less fit, active and lazy. Bikini and one-piece. [...]

By | 2017-06-12T10:19:49+00:00 June 12th, 2017|19weeks, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments