Returning to Work Post Rainbow Baby

I work as a registered nurse on the postpartum unit at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I am lucky enough that I was able to take 12 weeks off work after I had our Rainbow in January. Although I love my job, I could not wait to have three whole months off! I was due [...]

By | 2017-05-04T08:12:00+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, The First Year|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 18: Naming Our Rainbow

When it came to naming our angel, Amelia, we both eagerly searched through baby names from the beginning of my pregnancy with her until we had the name we loved picked out. We were beyond excited that we would finally be parents, and wanted everything to be planned perfectly for her. Unfortunately, we learned from [...]

By | 2017-04-25T13:03:11+00:00 April 25th, 2017|18weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|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

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 8: The Importance of Support

It’s not even 8am, and I’ve already put in a solid hour of tears over coffee and caramel. We’ve been up for hours, despite being on vacation, with no alarm clocks and no responsibilities to anyone but ourselves – but we just can’t sleep. The desire to take advantage of every moment we have with [...]

By | 2017-03-27T11:54:47+00:00 March 27th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Create a Legacy Project for your Baby

A “legacy project,” as I call it, is a great way to remember your baby that died and a special way to make him or her a part of your family moving forward. A “legacy” is something which is passed down, something given from one generation to another. Though our children’s deaths are natural order [...]

Balancing Fear and Faith in Rainbow Parenting

Parenting after the loss of a child is amazing. You have a beautiful baby in your hands. This child breathes, blinks, coos, laughs and cries. Every day is a miracle and you count your blessings. At the same time, it can also be ripe with inner anxiety. I remember giving birth to my first rainbow [...]

By | 2017-02-15T09:37:06+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Tips from PAL Moms|0 Comments

Dear Mama… It Takes a Village

Dear Mama, Your bravery makes me proud to be in community with you. After losses like ours, your continued hope, love, and endless search for peace inspires me. The way you reach out for connection, for advice, for reassurance in the times when darkness takes hold of you, brings me hope. The way you embrace [...]

6 Ideas to Celebrate your Rainbow Baby

I often write about ways to honor the babies not with us, but I believe it is also important to celebrate our rainbows in unique ways. Here are some ideas: 1.    When you are pregnant, commission a body artist to paint your growing belly with inspiring and hopeful images. I did something like this [...]

By | 2017-01-18T09:10:51+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Before You Were Born

“What’s that, Mama?” My eldest daughter asked as she pointed to the silver bracelet I’ve worn on my right wrist for four-and-a-half years. At nearly three, she is, as the community says, my first rainbow baby. Ever since I was pregnant with her, after two losses, I’ve thought about how I would tell her about [...]

By | 2017-01-17T09:27:07+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Writing a Gratitude Inventory

The other day I was reading a book about happiness and the author, Amit Sood, was talking about making a gratitude inventory. The idea was to make a list and reflect on people whom you are thankful for. There were different categories such as family, friends and work colleagues. One of the categories startled me: [...]

By | 2016-12-21T07:12:54+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|1 Comment