• “When He Beat Me, I Lost Everything”

    June 20, 2018

    According to the World Health Organization, enduring intimate partner violence during pregnancy can contribute or result in a plethora of non-fatal outcomes, including reproductive health and obstetric complications, challenges to the psychological wellness of both mother and child, and physical injury. But, it also can have fatal outcomes. It can predicate the decision of elective…

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  • Postpartum Depression after Miscarriage

    May 20, 2018

    Mothers who have given birth in the first or second trimester are not immune to postpartum depression because the length of their pregnancy was shorter than desired. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, indicators of Postpartum Depression (PPD) can include: Feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed Crying more often than usual or for…

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  • So They Told You to Adopt, Eh?

    May 5, 2018

    The thing about Band-Aids is that even if you find the one that is just the right fit, its only job is to cover the wound.  The healing, it takes place under the cover, in the deep, dark place, on the inside. To the mother who has been told that adoption is a possibility worth…

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  • Irish Twin Rainbow

    April 15, 2018

    Irish Twins: two children born to the same mother in the same calendar year or within twelve months of each other. –verywellfamily   “Just try again” said the friends. “But wait six months” cautioned the provider.   What is the appropriate perspective on sex after miscarriage or stillbirth?  What is the right way to interpret…

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  • Before the Water had Abated

    April 1, 2018

    “The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message…

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  • Teaching My Rainbow about Menstruation

    March 29, 2018

    “Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…” …and, pregnancy and infant loss, and, a struggle to conceive. Spring, a time known for celebrating fertility, vibrancy and life, stretches its wings at the most critical time of the entire year, for suicide.  Sprays of brightly colored eggs,…

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  • An Open Letter to the Mother of a School Shooter

    February 23, 2018

    From one mother whose child has never taken a breath, to the mother whose child has taken life, I have something I must very simply and plainly tell you: I see you. I pumped gasoline.  How could I not?  I needed transportation. I ate that lunch meat sandwich.  How could I not?  I needed nourishment.…

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