PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS CAMPAIGN
Welcome to our new project, "Love After Loss," a heartfelt initiative by Loving Tanner. We understand that the journey to pregnancy following a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss can be a challenging and emotional one. Our mission is to provide a supportive and compassionate space for women and families who are embarking on this courageous path, offering them the tools, resources, and guidance they need to navigate the complexities of pregnancy after loss.
THE STRUGGLES & TRIUMPHS OF PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS
Pregnancy after experiencing a loss comes with a unique set of emotional, psychological, and physical challenges. Women who have faced the heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss often find themselves grappling with a range of emotions, from anxiety and fear to hope and cautious optimism. The joy of a new pregnancy can be entwined with feelings of vulnerability and grief, creating a delicate balance between treasuring the present moment and acknowledging past pain.
Some of the struggles that women may face during pregnancy after loss include:
Anxiety and Fear: The fear of history repeating itself and the constant worry about the health and well-being of the baby can lead to heightened anxiety levels.
Guilt and Self-Blame: Women may question whether they did something wrong during their previous pregnancy or wonder if they could have prevented the loss.
Difficult Conversations: Initiating conversations with healthcare providers about previous losses can be challenging. Many women find it hard to express their concerns and fears to their medical team.
Managing Expectations: Balancing the excitement of a new pregnancy with the fear of potential disappointment requires a delicate emotional equilibrium.
Coping with Triggers: Everyday experiences can trigger memories of previous losses, causing unexpected emotional turmoil.
Empowering Conversations with Healthcare Providers
We believe in the importance of open and honest communication between women and their healthcare providers. We provide valuable materials and resources to help you navigate difficult conversations with your nurse and doctor about your previous loss. Our goal is to empower you to advocate for yourself and your baby, ensuring that your medical team understands your unique needs and concerns.
Our resources include
Guidance for Sharing Your Story: Tips on how to effectively communicate your previous loss to your healthcare provider, allowing them to provide you with the best possible care.
Questions to Ask: A comprehensive list of questions to ask your nurse and doctor to ensure that they are fully aware of your history and can tailor their approach to your pregnancy journey.
Preparing for Appointments: Strategies to help you feel more confident and empowered during your medical appointments, making sure you receive the unique support you deserve.
A Network of Support and Collaboration
In addition to our resources, "Love After Loss" is dedicated to connecting you with a network of organizations that focus on preventing stillbirth and promoting healthy pregnancies. We collaborate with established partners in the field to provide you with a comprehensive toolkit for navigating the challenges of pregnancy after loss.
Our collaborative efforts include:
Resources for Preventing Stillbirth: Access to information, research, and support from organizations dedicated to reducing the risk of stillbirth and ensuring the well-being of babies during pregnancy.
Promoting Healthy Pregnancies: Materials and guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally, to optimize the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Community and Connection: Opportunities to connect with other women who have experienced pregnancy after loss, sharing stories, advice, and encouragement in a safe and understanding environment.
THESE ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDE MATERIALS AND EDUCATION TO SUPPORT YOUR PREGNANCY FOLLOWING A LOSS
Research shows a change in a baby’s movements can be the first or sometimes only sign there may be an issue with a
pregnancy. By getting to know your baby’s normal movement patterns in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, you will be more
alert to potential red flags and can speak up if your baby’s movements ever change. Count the Kicks has a FREE pregnancy
app that makes it easy to count your baby’s movements every day starting at 28 weeks (or 26 weeks if you’re high-risk or
pregnant with multiples). It is available in 15+ languages in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Visit the app store to
download Count the Kicks or visit www.countthekicks.org to learn more.
Healthy Birth Day, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading stillbirth prevention organizations and the creator of the Count the Kicks
program. They are committed to improving birth outcomes through programming, awareness, and advocacy. Health equity
is at the center of their work, with a goal to eliminate the racial disparities that persist in birth outcomes.
Mission is to increase awareness, support research, promote education, and encourage advocacy and family support regarding stillbirth, pregnancy loss, and neonatal death.
Pregnancy after loss is a unique experience of grief and joy that requires recognition from family, friends, peers, and professionals.
PALS supports courageous mamas pregnant again after a loss through connection with peers, awareness in the community, education of providers, and advocacy around the world.
Don’t Kiss the Babies Foundation provides education to parents and families on the signs of viral illnesses in the weeks following birth. We provide both empowerment and support for new and expecting parents.
We support measurement of the placenta using Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) as a standard practice of prenatal care. We aim to help families seeking answers, to supply the medical community with an archive of published research linking small placentas to poor outcomes, to inform doctors, nurses, doulas and ultrasound technicians of the availability of EPV to potentially save lives, and to drive attention and awareness to close the gap in care.
We are a diverse coalition of bereaved parents from around the country, and we are working closely with trailblazing medical researchers, courageous doctors, and other hardworking allies to drive down the incidence of stillbirth in the United States over the next decade by any means necessary.
Join us in nurturing love after loss and creating a future filled with possibilities for you and your growing family.
For inquiries, support, and resources, please contact us at Danielle@lovingtanner.com