How to support a friend going through pregnancy loss

Pregnancy loss is sadly common, but our society doesn't prepare us for supporting a friend through a miscarriage or stillbirth. In my latest for FemCatholic, I give three straightfward suggestions for things to avoid and things to do instead when supporting a friend who has experienced a loss.

3 ways to prepare for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in the United States, and has been since the 1988 Congress and Ronald Reagan declared it to be so every year. Additionally, in 2001, the House of Representatives declared October 15 to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. October also includes Baby Loss Awareness Week (UK, 9 October – 15 October) and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (Canada, October 15, and Australia, October 15). Here are three ways you can prepare for these important commemorations.

Asking for your help: upcoming bereavement retreats

This October, Victoria Wilson (at The Mother Well) and I will be hosting two bereavement retreats for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. We are hoping for five things; can you help us?

How to support moms after the COVID baby bust

I recently wrote for FemCatholic a bit about my dissertation and doula work and what I've heard the most from parents and those thinking about entering parenthood in the past year: "I don't know if I can do this." Do you want to support them? I have some ideas for how you can do that.… Continue reading How to support moms after the COVID baby bust

Building community – and rebuilding it when trucks drive through your walls: an interview with the doula behind The Mother Well

In which I mostly interview Victoria – about her work as a doula, the resources for parents she’s created at Mother Well Doula, her secret life as a young adult fiction writer, and her advice for being a mom and a small business owner –, and then, for a few minutes at the end, we have a back-and-forth conversation about doulas and privacy. 

10 feeding affirmations to send your friends and loved ones

It's World Breastfeeding Month, so (like always) it's great time to cheer on your friends or loved ones who are breastfeeding or doing any other amazing and arduous tasks to make sure that children are fed! So, to make encouraging them easier for you, I've created some feeding affirmation cards.