I don’t have a first-grader. That keeps running through my head, and I don’t know where it came from. Back to school season has never been a reminder of babies lost, but this year, it was. Sometimes, I see the hole where...
August 30 is National Grief Awareness Day. Twin Cities Moms Blog contributing writer, Trista Rakow, is bravely sharing her story with us today about loss and how it's impacted her as a mother.  Life has certainly handed me an assortment...
Be still.  It's a great tattoo, I've seen a lot of people get this on their wrist as a reminder. It turns out, I like to talk about tattoos. But really - it's a great reminder that we need to...
Her name was Hattie. The first baby I lost: her name was Hattie. She changed me from who I was into who I am, top to bottom and inside out. She's a constant on my brain, I think about her...
I'm not sure if you've seen the article about J35 - a sweet mama whale whose baby passed away shortly after birth. It will grip your own mama heart. It will have you suddenly feeling that yes, you absolutely...

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They've been calling you strong. You can't see it as you crawl back into bed, an action you feel you take more often than the number of steps you walk.  "You're amazing!" they say. They tell you how brave you...
December is International Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness month and the 7th is World Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Day. Never heard of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)? Neither had I until about five years ago. TTTS is...
What does it mean to lose your baby? What happens to me when I lose my baby? So many things. It means my world changes, it means my heart is broken and missing and gone. Two friends explore what their experiences...
It all started as a compromise. I’ve wanted a dog for years, my spouse does not want one until our kids are a bit older, so we met in the middle with an agreement to do animal foster care....
Not too long ago our seemingly healthy pregnancy came to a surprising and terribly sad end somewhere near our second trimester. Now, before you worry about feeling too many sad feelings as you read this, my message isn't one of...
There are so many "shoulds" flying around these days, especially in motherhood: You really should breastfeed. You should give up on nursing and just go to formula. You should have baby in your own room. Babies should sleep in their own space, and you'll...
Oh, 2016. So many of us are ready to see you go. While there are always good things {and I truly believe that: that within the hard stuff, there are always good things} 2016 rocked my world. I had...
I am strong, but I am so tired. Maybe you are too. Maybe you're a mama of lost babies that’s as tired and heavy of heart as I am. Not even a week ago, we lost our third baby in the...
  OFFICE MEMO: She's tired, bearing scars, much looser than days before. It's time. I know it, she knows it but for me it's harder to come to terms. I'm talking about my cervix. Referring to it as a "she" because...

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Many moms in our TCMC know the pain of this type of loss all too well....
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