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 [...]

9 Things Pregnant and Parenting after Loss Moms want you to know about Breastfeeding after Loss

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) wanted to share the unique experiences pregnant and parenting after loss moms (PAL) face when breastfeeding their babies born after loss. Each mom’s breastfeeding journey differs greatly—even between each child—and those journeys are further complicated by loss of [...]

10 Things I Felt Guilty about as a Pregnancy After Loss Mom

We all have mom guilt. When you are pregnant again after a loss mom guilt takes on a whole new and different meaning. It is a guilt that lives in the present but spans both worlds of life and death. It’s a strange kind of guilt to carry. Here are some things I often feel [...]

Surviving Painful Triggers in Pregnancy after Loss

Facebook memories can be fun, those little reminders of what you posted a year or two years ago, or more. It can be entertaining to see what photos you shared or what you complained about back then. Or the big news you announced to all your friends. When I opened Facebook this morning, the memory [...]

Getting the Care You Need during Pregnancy after Loss

In June 2015, I wrote an article about how to navigate your preconception visit with your healthcare provider, which included questions to ask and considerations to make on your part when trying to select a provider for a prospective Pregnancy After Loss. Now that you’ve picked a provider, this writing will focus on making sure [...]

Why do childbirth classes after a loss?

All birthing couples need birth preparation, especially loss couples. After a loss, the couple may not think they need classes but it is even more important to be properly educated this time around. With a subsequent pregnancy there is additional stress. Many parents report stress over fear of the unknown or fear of a repeat [...]

Courageous Mama for Cesarean Awareness 2016

Meet Our Courageous Mama for Cesarean Awareness Month... Danielle Reeder  I am a courageous mama because... Last year, on April 12, 2015 my husband and I lost our first daughter to stillbirth, just 9 days before she was due. I hadn't felt her move that day and got out our home heart monitor and couldn't [...]

Bedrest Challenges and Successes

Just as every pregnancy is different, every woman's experience with bed rest is different. Some women may know early on that because of their medical histories, they will have to go on bed rest at some point in their pregnancies. Others might be surprised to hear their doctors announce, after a routine appointment, that they'll [...]

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On the Body

My body, despite its losses, fairs well during pregnancy. I don’t swell. I don’t ache. There are symptoms here in my final month of what is likely my final pregnancy, sure, but nothing worthy of complaint. As I mentally prepare myself for labor, I recall that my body has labored twice before, for the son [...]

Separation While PAL or Parenting After Loss

Some of you may read this and shudder to think that someone would consider separating from their partner while PAL or parenting after loss.  Others will wonder why this hasn't been talked about sooner.  Surviving the loss of a child is hard on a partnership.  Parenting is hard, too.  Sometimes, this makes the perfect storm. [...]