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5 Ways To Help A Woman Pregnant After A Loss
by Tara Shafer

The Human Placenta Project

In late 2014, I read about the Human Placenta Project, an initiative launched by the National Institutes of Health to study the human placenta. It took me months to get …continue

Holding Stillborn Babies

Medical professionals should help mothers to hold their stillborn babies. Recent research shows that mothers who hold their stillborn babies report that the experience had overall positive long-term effects on …continue

Following Loss

When I look at family photographs, I am sometimes struck as much by absence as by presence. I hasten to add that I do not mean this in a morbid …continue

Father’s Day and Baby Loss

The German poet Friedrich Ruckert once wrote: “O you, refuge of your father/light of joy/extinguished all too soon” in reference to the death of his child. Following the stillbirth of …continue

The Emotional Impact of Loss

In December 2005, I gave birth to a stillborn son. While in the hospital, I experienced a grief so profound and transcendent, it almost lifted me up, after which waves …continue