The Birth Plan: Pregnancy After Loss Style

It was 2:30 on a Monday morning, the Kennedy Expressway was empty, and I was "gently" encouraging Aaron to be safe, but drive faster. We were on our way to Northwestern's Prentice Hospital in Chicago—some 25 miles away—and my contractions were coming on more intensely, about every 5 minutes. I really didn't want to be [...]

By | 2017-11-14T10:21:51+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Birth, Rainbow Birth Stories|1 Comment

Colbie Jane’s Birth Story

Today our precious little rainbow is eight weeks old. Where has the time gone? Between Colbie’s birth, managing two kids under two, packing and moving across country, time just flew by. I will admit that it still doesn't feel real that Colbie is finally here. Life after going through a pregnancy after loss is very [...]

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 39 / Week 1 – Welcome Home, Baby: Our Birth Story

What a difference a week makes. One week ago, I posted that I had come to terms with the decision that it was baby-day. I had been wrangling with the thought for weeks – could I patiently wait for him to come on his own? I had already made it one week longer than I [...]

By | 2017-10-30T16:26:42+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Birth, Bump Day Blog, Courageous Mama|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 38 – When I Can’t Sleep, It’s Time.

It’s 3:30am. My eyes flicker open, for the 3rd time this week. I sneak a peek at the clock. Dammit, 3:30 again. What is it with this time? I lay quietly, hands on my belly, immediately waiting for the gentle nudges of a sleeping baby also turning inside me. The bit of reassurance I’ll need [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:33:40+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|3rd Trimester, Birth, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|1 Comment

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

10 Ways to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean

Planning for birth during pregnancy after loss can be filled with so many fears, anxiety, and even ambivalence. But, it can also offer much hope to focus on preparations for the birth experience you desire. For many moms pregnant after a loss, the only thing that matters is that baby is born alive. All she [...]

By | 2017-08-31T10:46:34+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Birth, From Professionals, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Own YOUR Birth Journey

Your birth journey is just that--your experience. Own YOUR birth journey. It is not a competition with your friends, family and the internet. The only competition you have is with yourself. Your expectations, your goals, your beliefs, your birth history, and your biology. People's reactions to you and your pregnancy is all about them. They [...]

By | 2017-07-27T12:01:33+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Birth, From Professionals|0 Comments

Eli River’s Birth Story

For quite some time, we had the 19th June scheduled for Eli's induction. It would place us at exactly 37 weeks, and felt like a safe time to plan it. Leo had died at 37 plus 1 weeks, and we understand the benefits of getting as close to term as possible for various different outcomes. [...]

By | 2017-07-14T11:01:59+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Birth, Rainbow Birth Stories|1 Comment

The Worth of a Professional Doula

A professional doula's one-on-one care, is critical to the mother's well-being as her providers probably work an on-call schedule. It is not uncommon with a longer labor, to have three different providers and even more nurses taking care of you while at a birth. Often times the doula is the only constant professional throughout a [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:49:39+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Birth, From Professionals|0 Comments

Expecting Sunshine: Writing as a Tool to “Get Free”

When I was pregnant with my rainbow baby after losing my son, Zachary, I felt like it was nearly impossible to expect sunshine. I was living under a cloud of anxiety. The first few weeks in the pregnancy were a brief calm before the storm. It wasn’t until that initial excitement had passed that I [...]

By | 2017-04-19T11:14:41+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Birth, Emotional Health, Pregnancy|0 Comments