I've decided to put the "write what you know" advice to good use.
For the past few months I've been working on this project and I'm very pleased to finally launch my new E-Course: An Invitation to Grieve: Healing After a Miscarriage. Click here or on the E-Courses tab above to find out more about the project and what it entails (and to register!).
It's filled with things I've learned over the past six years as I've grieved through my own miscarriages. I'm not going to lie, it's a little nerve-wracking to put it all out there. Being vulnerable is scary. But ultimately, this is about inviting others to sit with and reflect on their grief. And if my story can help in another woman's healing process, then it's worth a few nerves for having my face and voice on the screen. (Yup, there's audio AND video in there).
It's also about opening up the dialogue and bringing miscarriage out from behind the curtain. Twenty-five percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, that's one in FOUR. So chances are, you know someone who's had one, or their partner. Except that we don't talk about it much. So you might not actually know. And therein lies the problem. Our silence loads miscarriage with shame, blame, and a severe case of self (and often body) loathing.
But for some women, myself included, miscarriage is simply a part of our story.
And just because a miscarriage is not the happy ending we all expected from a pregnancy, doesn't mean that we can't tell that story, too. It matters.
So please, dear friends, I'd be grateful if you'd share this link far and wide. I want other women to know that they are not alone, and not to blame, and that they can give themselves permission to grieve.
You'll be hearing from me a lot on miscarriage this month as I launch this course, on this blog, my other blog, and MKE Moms Blog. I'll also be co-facilitating a talk called (aptly) "Let's Talk about Miscarriage" with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion next Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30-7:30 if any local friends would like to come for a conversation. (Registration is requested).