About Valerie Meek

Valerie Meek is the Operations Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, daughter, and Sato puppy, Didi Darling. She became a mama when her son Patrick was born still at 20 weeks in April of 2014. She has been honored to share her TTC and pregnancy after loss journey at PALS. She gave birth to her baby born after loss, her daughter, "Stitch," born in February 2016. Valerie writes about her family life and crafty endeavors (quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, cooking, canning, and scrapbooking) at her blog Meek Manor. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, as well as by email.

Parenting after Loss: When should I worry?

The evening before my daughter’s 15-month well baby visit, I sat down at the computer to fill out an online questionnaire that her pediatrician’s office requested. As I worked through the form evaluating her developmental milestones, I started to worry. I hadn’t been worried. In fact, I was excited for this appointment. I felt she [...]

By | 2017-06-28T08:03:21+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|2 Comments

Book Review: Expecting Sunshine by Alexis Marie Chute

When Lindsey Henke founded Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) almost three years ago, there were few resources for women who were pregnant after a pregnancy, infant, or child loss (PAL). In those three years, PALS has contributed to newfound awareness of the unique nature of the PAL experience and more resources are available. Just last [...]

On this Day: Hope

This morning, a memory popped up on Facebook of my husband holding our five-week-old baby girl. I remember when it was taken. He had been back at work for a week, and she had just graduated into newborn clothes rather than the preemies she’d been wearing for weeks. She was snuggled on his chest, like [...]

By | 2017-03-29T15:23:38+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

It Can’t Be Perfect

A few days before my son, Patrick’s, first birthday, I sat in my office chair talking on the phone with a fellow loss mom and friend. I had become paralyzed with indecision. I didn’t know if I should make him a birthday crown, a tradition I’d hoped to start for each of my children. Was [...]

By | 2017-02-26T21:08:14+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, The First Year|0 Comments

Holding on to Hope

Last Saturday Lindsey Goodwin interviewed me about my work with Pregnancy After Loss Support for her podcast, Tiny Giant Losses. When she asked me how I held onto hope while trying to conceive and then pregnant after loss, I remembered the onesies that my husband and I collected while trying to conceive our subsequent pregnancy. [...]

By | 2017-01-24T22:27:05+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year, TTC|0 Comments

7 Ways I’m taking care of myself in the New Year

I have a love/hate relationship with each New Year’s celebration, especially since our son Patrick was born still in 2014. Three years ago (2013), we announced our first pregnancy to my side of the family in the middle of Epcot Center in Disney World on New Year’s Eve. I think the entire park heard the [...]

By | 2017-01-03T16:47:29+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

Blowing Raspberries

After our first “bad ultrasound” with our son, Patrick, who was born still in April 2014, my husband and I walked to another building in the hospital to see if my therapist was available. As we walked, I took in deep breaths and blew raspberries out to release the tension. Blowing raspberries became one of [...]

By | 2016-12-01T17:28:57+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year|0 Comments

That’s Not Safe!

Managing Safety Recommendations while Parenting After Loss Keeping our babies and children safe is one of our biggest jobs as parents, as well as one of our biggest anxieties. When parents have had a loss, these anxieties increase substantially. I knew pregnancy and parenting came with many risks, but they didn’t fully sink in until [...]

By | 2016-11-01T16:42:42+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year|0 Comments

Courageous Mamas, Protect Your Heart from the Rhetoric of Election Season

Dear Courageous Mamas, This U.S. election season just keeps getting more turbulent: more divisive and more anxiety producing for many people across the United States for multiple, and often very personal, reasons. But I’ve heard from many mamas that last week’s debate was particularly triggering for them due to the political rhetoric around the subject [...]

By | 2016-10-24T11:37:41+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TFMR, TTC|0 Comments

What “This is Us” got right about Stillbirth

Tuesday night a highly anticipated new dramedy premiered on NBC: "This is Us." The series, created by Dan Fogelman, chronicles the stories of several people who share the same birthday. The pregnancy, infant, and child loss community buzzed about this show several months ago, as the official trailer of the series premier showed the loss [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|3 Comments