Thank You for Sharing your Stories through #IAmPALS

Photo of "Stitch" taken by Margaret Belanger I have the incredible honor of working with loss mamas from all over the world. They entrust me with their stories, and I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to hold those stories and their babies (living and not) with them. Last [...]

“In This Moment, Everything is Okay” and other Helpful Pregnancy After Loss Affirmations

When you’re pregnant again after loss (PAL), it’s so easy to get inside your head. You’ve been introduced to the “baby loss world” and you have suddenly become aware of the many ways a baby can die during pregnancy. It’s so easy to go to a bad place very quickly. For me, affirmations were so [...]

Debriefing after Birth

Debriefing after any birth is critical piece in finding closure and helps couples to move forward in to parenthood. Having a baby is a complex life event. It changes the carrier's body physically with a change in blood volume, breast and abdomen size, and in posture alignment. It also creates emotional and mental changes with [...]

By |2018-04-26T09:20:12+00:00April 26th, 2018|Birth|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Our Birth Story: Introducing Holden Matthew

Holden’s birth story starts long before his birth. His oldest brother Brayden was stillborn at 24 weeks in 2014 due to undiagnosed severe pre-eclampsia and a placental abruption, masked by my very low baseline blood pressure that spiked at the end. Holden’s older sister Ainsley, our first rainbow, was conceived four months after we lost [...]

Preparing for D-Day (Delivery Day)

You are in the home stretch. You have made it through all (or at least most) of the milestones of a pregnancy after loss: the confirmation ultrasound of hearing the heartbeat, the second ultrasound at 12-weeks that confirmed the heartbeat and the first check to see that all was forming as it should, the blood [...]

By |2018-04-18T20:30:32+00:00April 19th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Birth, Emotional Health|0 Comments

The Incredible Meaning behind my Photographs of my Pregnancy after Loss

Guest Post by Mary Alice Marshall It wasn't until two weeks after our rainbow was born that I finally got up the nerve to share pictures I had taken throughout the pregnancy. As I shared, I reflected on their incredible meaning through this pregnancy after loss journey. Oh, the pregnancy tests! Our fifth positive pregnancy [...]

By |2018-04-05T12:00:40+00:00April 5th, 2018|Birth, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Frances Michele’s Birth Story

All throughout my pregnancy with Frances, I was so focused on whether she would be born alive, that I had given very little thought as to HOW she would be born. My husband, Mike, and I had talked a little bit about what that day might look like but I had made no decisions about [...]

By |2018-03-21T20:45:18+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Birth, Rainbow Birth Stories|0 Comments

Cesarean Births Should Not Hold a Stigma

Giving birth has nothing to do with pushing. It is not about the pain. I️t is not about the contractions. It is not about the birth location or the birth team. Giving birth is about GIVING. In pregnancy the mother GIVES. She does whatever is necessary to keep her baby healthy. In birth, she does [...]

By |2018-03-21T20:31:26+00:00March 21st, 2018|Birth, From Professionals|0 Comments

Added Anxiety in Pregnancy After Loss, Nicole’s Story

Women who have known loss share their experiences with Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) almost every day—to feel connected and to know they’re not alone. Their stories are unique yet also intertwined in grief, joy and hope—hope maybe above all else. We call them our Courageous Mamas. Their stories give us chills and tears and [...]

Communication & Empathy

As a mother who has experienced miscarriage, my empathy towards new mothers is different than that of someone without children of their own, or who has never had a loss. My nursing practice isn't necessarily better, but I tend to notice different elements of my postpartum patient than other nurses. I sometimes understand why the [...]

By |2018-03-05T08:57:02+00:00March 5th, 2018|Birth, For Professionals, From Professionals|0 Comments