Managing Classes during Pregnancy After Loss

For many women, becoming pregnant means being included in this special “club”—the “mom club” full of insiders that share their wisdom and tips for motherhood. Part of joining this club means partaking in initiation kinds of activities like pre-natal yoga or birthing class. Once your child is born, you are “allowed” into the full versions [...]

Can I Love Another Baby?

Love grows. It might seem unimaginable that there is space in your heart to love more, yet that space is created. Think about the love you have for your partner. For most of us, that love didn’t happen overnight. It might have started as a kernel we thought of as friendship or attraction. It expanded [...]

Pregnancy After Loss and the Holidays

Holidays can be both a time of year that many look forward to and simultaneously dread. There might be many reasons for this: how a family interacts with one another, how families accept adult children, how families cope with stress, as well as what this time of year means to individuals in the family. I [...]

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 36: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

Bump Day Blog | Pregnancy After Loss Support I haven’t decided whether it’s a good or bad thing that my rainbow baby is due during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In some ways it is very fitting—after all, a rainbow baby is a reminder that you’ve experienced loss. But then there’s the [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:19+00:00 October 6th, 2016|36weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 35: The Truth

 I have been fortunate in my PAL journey. I get to talk to women about my experiences and I am constantly comforted by kind words from strangers. Never once has someone told me to stop talking about my loss (if they thought it, at least they didn’t say it). I have been told things, by other [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:19+00:00 September 29th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Sample Pregnancy After Loss Birth Plan

Birth plans/birth wish lists can look many different ways.  Use a  format that is comfortable for you. Below you'll find two different versions of birth plans--one for a baby with an expected short life or stillborn and one for your subsequent baby (rainbow baby). The Basic Rainbow Plan and the Birth and Care Plan for “baby’s name” are [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:19+00:00 September 29th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Birth|0 Comments

Creating your Pregnancy After Loss Birth Plan: Sections to Include

When developing a birth plan it can be helpful to consider your needs and desires by category. Listed here are some sections that may help you when crafting your birth wishes list. Our Family History In this section, it can be a helpful tool to set the stage of your journey. Tell your story in [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:25+00:00 September 28th, 2016|3rd Trimester, Birth|0 Comments

How to make a kick counting bracelet!

A keepsake kick counter bracelet is a fun craft and can be personalized any way you want! There are lots of kick counters available for your phone, but why not make one that you can keep forever. A kick counter bracelet can be a great way to help bond with this baby, count [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:25+00:00 September 26th, 2016|2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Janice’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Taking Her Home

Sometimes I hate that I feel the need to say whatever I can to ease the discomfort of others. Throughout my PAL journey I have dealt with the question, “Is this your first child?” more than I care to admit. We talk about this question a lot, and every woman chooses to answer this the [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:25+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

The subtle

When you met your partner, and the two of you committed to one another (whether this occurred privately between the two of you or publicly with a ceremony), you envisioned happiness in your future. Sure, there would be bumps, but at that time, it was hard to imagine anything that could shake the solid foundation [...]