1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. Maybe you’re the one or your sister or best friend is the one.
“No one wants to talk about it. And no one wants to hear about a baby who has died….I don’t know why we don’t talk about it more than we do, but we need to!” And so we did. We go there. You need to listen to this interview with Elizabeth Petrucelli.
Elizabeth shares with us her initial obstacles in getting pregnant, and the loss of her daughter at 8 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Her journey of healing led her to write her first book, All That is Seen and Unseen and to become Colorado’s first certified bereavement doula. You can hear in the audio, I really don’t know how to respond to Elizabeth’s intense story. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to talk and learn from her.
“Just like a family would hire a labor doula to assist them through a happy birth, a family can hire a bereavement doula to support them through miscarriage or stillbirth.”
Jump to Minute 15 to hear Elizabeth describe all the services and support a bereavement doula can provide.
Minute 23: Just how common is pregnancy and infant loss?
Minute 28: You pee on the stick… Do you tell the world right away or wait to tell your good news?
Minute 31: How did October come to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month? What happens around the city, country and world to raise awareness?
Minute 37: How can you support a friend who might be losing a baby? Elizabeth shares ideas whether you are local or far away from your friend.
Minute 42: What NOT to say to a friend: It was in God’s plan, Heaven needed another angel, At least you can get pregnant, or You can have another one
“Sometimes we are afraid to lean on someone.” The reason I loved this piece by Shauna Niequest about the pain of losing a baby. She’s right. We carry it together.
Resources and Remembrance Events she recommends for anyone who has experienced a loss: