Elizabeth Yassenoff and her husband Erik lost their firstborn son, Jacob Dale Yassenoff, when she went into labor at 39 weeks in July 2016. During labor, unexpected complications arose that caused Jacob to lose oxygen. He was born late at night on July 18, 2016 and passed away early in the morning on July 19, 2016 due to brain damage from being deprived of oxygen.
In the days and weeks after losing Jacob, Elizabeth found herself scouring the internet searching for words she could read that expressed what she was feeling. Whether through books, blogs, online forums, or meeting with other loss moms in person, Elizabeth found comfort in connecting with others who shared similar experiences. Elizabeth’s need for connection made her passionate about sharing her story, and she is honored to do so by contributing to Still Standing Magazine. She also hopes to build a beautiful legacy for Jacob as she helps others in his name. To that end, Elizabeth co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Alive In My Heart, to provide connection and resources to bereaved parents in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
Elizabeth is also a Holistic Health Coach who helps others explore their values and priorities to build a meaningful life of health, balance, and joy. Elizabeth and Erik welcomed Jacob’s little sister, Ella Jane, in August 2017.