Dr. Julie Bindeman is a reproductive psychologist and co-director of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington outside of the Nation’s Capital. No stranger to loss, Dr. Bindeman is the mother of 6 children–three of which she can cuddle in her arms while three live in her heart. She contributes regularly to Reconceiving Loss, writes professionally, and is an ardent advocate for Women’s Rights.
Alli Ryan is honored to witness and support the power of love. She is the founder of The Rainbow Sisters, LLC which offers certified full service doula support and childbirth education, including donated services to families experiencing loss. Alli also co-facilitates a support group for pregnant and parenting rainbow moms and organizes birth and family professional meetings on the topic of pregnancy and infant loss. She and her military husband have had a difficult journey to parenthood, experiencing multiple early pregnancy losses before their daughter Scarlett was born. In 2011, their youngest daughter Vivian was stillborn on a rainy day in May. They made the decision to try again and their son Jude was born in 2012 with a congenital heart defect, requiring open heart surgery at five days old. Her personal experiences have profoundly evolved her professional work and Alli is dedicated to supporting families on their own paths through parenthood.
Amanda Ross-White’s first pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her twins, Nathaniel and Samuel, in 2007. Since then, she has had two miscarriages, and two successful pregnancies, her daughter born safe in 2009 and her son in 2012. While each was emotionally stressful, developing pneumonia and spending 5 days in Intensive Care while 28 weeks pregnant with her son was physically stressful too. She is currently writing a pregnancy guide for women like us, and would love your input! She is a regular contributor to Still Standing Magazine, and you can also bore yourself to tears with her academic writing here.
Ursula Sabia Sukinik has been blessed to work with and support thousands of couples through all types of births. She is a senior birth worker in the DC Metro area who owns and operates Birth You Desire, which offers a variety of services including classes, doula services, doula trainings, workshops, lectures, TENs unit rentals and much more. You can learn more at BirthYouDesire.com.
Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist and co-owner of partners (in)fertility of Minneapolis, a holistic mental health center. She has been working in the area of infertility, pregnancy loss, and reproductive complications since 1997. She has been a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine since 1998. She is on the Medical Advisory Team of the Star Legacy Foundation for Stillbirth Awareness. Dr. Simmons has worked in a fertility center and in private practice. She is particularly interested in the topic of reproductive decision-making. She is trained in EMDR and hypnosis, both of which have been very helpful to patients undergoing or healing from medical procedures and pregnancy loss. She is active on social media on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Rachel E.K. Freedman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland who specializes in perinatal loss. After experiencing her own termination for medical reasons (TFMR) and finding very few in-person resources, she started an in-person TFMR support group that has run for the past 6 years. Rachel went on to have two healthy pregnancies and now is the proud parent of two girls. She also writes and speaks on topics pertaining to perinatal loss, trauma, and women’s issues. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Meg Kant lives in Sudbury, Ontario and is the owner of The Blissful Doula. She is a birth and postpartum Doula, Psychology Graduate, Wife and Mom to her son Gibson and her angel baby Zennon. After experiencing Pregnancy After Loss, Antenatal Depression, followed by the Beautiful Mess that is motherhood, she has become passionate about sharing her experiences–the good, the bad and the beautiful. You can follow Meg on Facebook and Instagram.
Past Professional Contributors
Robyn McKinnon is a professional counsellor in her private practice Robyn Mckinnon Consultancy & Counselling Services from Tasmania, Australia. She offers phone and face to face counselling as well as professionally facilitated support groups and workshops for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, including those on the journey of pregnancy and parenting a new baby after a loss. Robyn is a founding member of the Tasmanian Pregnancy and Infant Loss Services Alliance, and well recognised in her community for the work she has done supporting families over the years. Robyn is a proud mum to 2 rainbow children, and to her first born son Adam who died in 2009.
Sherokee Ilse is a fellow traveler along this dark, bumpy road that begins when a baby dies. Having had three losses (Marama, Brennan William, and Bryna), she understands heartache (and the fears and tremendous joy of having two living sons). She has mourned hard and worked harder to help soften the journey of living through and beyond these treasured losses, always honoring the parents’ love. She has authored 18 books and booklets on the subject of loss and healing, including my first and most popular self-help book for parents and families, Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death. She also help families with miscarriage (Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream), prenatal decision-making (Precious Lives, Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-making Guide) and even teaches childbirth educators how to speak of unexpected outcomes as a normal part of their class (Presenting Unexpected Outcomes: A Childbirth Educator’s Guide). She also co-authored Couple Communication After a Baby Dies: Differing Perspectives with Tim Nelson. For the past three decades, her mission has been to improve the care of families experiencing perinatal/neonatal loss and reaching out to help these families find strength, understanding, and resources to help with their healing. She also works as a volunteer Parent Advocate and support care providers through consulting and ongoing education on perinatal loss and bereavement. You learn more about Sherokee Ilse’s website: BabiesRemembered.org.