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Pregnancy And Birth Loss Resources

Resource Thread   Hi! This is a resource thread intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC discussions, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links dealing with pregnancy and birth loss. Please PM the forum's moderator to nominate a helpful thread or website for inclusion. MDC Threads Resources for those who have lost a child Suggestions for families and friends of grieving parents Honoring our babies Exactly what to expect with a miscarriage Mothering Articles Solitary Sadness: The Need to Grieve... read more

Grief And Loss Resources

This resource list intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links dealing with grief and loss.  MDC Discussion Threads Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Memorial Mothering Articles The Art of Grieving Gracefully It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma  Raging Grief The Life and Death of a Hurricane Grief Tea Accepting the Gift: Grief and Loss His Way  My Mother, Myself Charlotte's Grace (stillbirth) My Morning Glory (neonatal death) Helpful Website... read more

Remembering Baby Fox

One month ago today, a baby named Fox Elijah King was born to an awesome & radical couple, my friends April & Morgan.  April had a normal, healthy pregnancy, prioritizing an already-stretched budget to eat whole foods; she labored & delivered Fox naturally even though her birth was hard & fast.  He was lovingly welcomed, breastfed & kept intact.  He had a safe sleeping spot near his mama & was held constantly; embraced with an allegiance that can only come from a mother who was totally thrilled with his existence, a woman who studied motherhood to learn the... read more

Living in Uncertainty

Whenever I watch the reality TV show Giuliana & Bill, I tell my husband: “Their lives parallel ours!” (Well, except for the minor details that they are rich, famous, and beautiful.) She wants to live in L.A. He wants to live in Chicago. They go back and forth. I want to live in L.A. Ron wants to live in D.C. This winter, we’re going back and forth. They are experiencing infertility. We are experiencing infertility. She is concerned about what the hormone medication might do to her body; so am I. I hope she hooks up with Pulling Down the Moon in Chicago. I’d love... read more

Loving and Losing a Family Pet

She was a gorgeous dog. The color of an Irish Setter. The size of an American Eskimo. She had wispy fur at the corner of each floppy ear. More wisps on her front and hind legs, like a Golden Retriever. A few people who were knowledgeable about rare dog breeds would ask if she was a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (she looked practically identical to one). But she wasn’t any of those fancy breeds. She was a mutt. I named her Callie, after California. I brought her home to my apartment in Santa Monica 13 years ago. She was a sweet, quiet puppy, yet... read more

The Face of Child Abuse

  Lily Lynette Furneaux-Wolfenbarger passed away on November 20, 2010, while in the care of her stepmother, Renee King.  Lily, born on May 14, 2008, died from blunt force trauma resulting from being struck in the head by an unknown object after being sexually assaulted by multiple objects.  Renee King, allegedly the only one present in the home at the time of Lily’s death, is being charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct (The Macomb Daily).  Lily’s mother, Lauren Furneaux, has waged a battle to gain... read more

Processing Grief

In the summer of 2008, the world of foster care found my family and I.  We weren’t seeking it out; we had two little ones, a boy who was nearly 3 and one who was 9 months old.  But when I happened to be in the right place at the right time when the daughter of a friend of mine was removed, I volunteered to take her home with me.  I called my husband, asking him to leave work early and meet a social worker at our house.  We had no idea how much that moment would deeply impact our lives.  We didn’t know what the future would hold.  We knew what the social... read more

Turning Grief into Hope, Mom Rides in Memory of Her Daughter

  Thank you for this guest post from The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. As she watched her young daughter battle cancer, Janet O’Shea knew she needed to do more to help others. Diagnosed at just 2 years old with a rare form of cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors (AT/RT), Charlotte O’Shea spent many of her days in and out of hospitals going through intensive chemotherapy and experimental treatment. That meant Janet O’Shea also spent days and days in the hospital. She became close with other parents who came to Dana-Farber Cancer... read more

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