New Video: A Mother’s Reflections on Love and Loss

We have another progress video for Expecting Sunshine. It seems timely, today being Valentines Day.

The video is called:

A Mother’s Reflections on Love and Loss

In this video I talk about what it was like coming come after my second rainbow baby was born. Unfortunately everything was not sunshine and rainbows.

I had really bad baby blues. Postpartum depression maybe. Those conditions are challenging enough on their own, but add GUILT to the mix and you have the formula for extra heartache.

In my head I said to myself:

“I should be happy. I have a healthy baby. That’s all I wanted. So why am I so sad?”

I felt so guilty for my sadness in those first two weeks. After losing a child, I had been given a gift of a baby that lived. Fortunately I could recognize that my feelings were caused by hormones, not my child – and thankfully my body got back to normal. Despite all the tears, I appreciated the opportunity to reflect on Zachary, to feel the ache of longing for him, while also celebrating the new life, the new person in our family.

Has anyone else ever felt this swirl of emotions after having a rainbow baby?

Thank you for watching the video. Please share it with those in your networks that may need a little encouragement.


 

A big thank-you to crew member Tom for compiling the clip!


 

Pregnancy After Loss partnership with Expecting Sunshine

I am thrilled to announce a very special partnership between Expecting Sunshine – memoir and documentary – and PALS, which stands for Pregnancy After Loss Support. Expecting Sunshine is now included in the PALS Friends section, and PALS in our Sponsors area.


 

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This is a very important partnership as we share the same goal: to support and nurture women and families that are pregnant after loss.

I know from experience, having a baby after losing a baby is not an easy road to walk. Having just had my second rainbow child, I can say that the feelings are real, sometimes overwhelming, terrifying, exciting and confusing all at once. Pregnancy after loss is a roller coaster, but one that can be full of joy, love and positive anticipation with the right support and focus.

Here is some valuable information, compiled by PALS, regarding pregnancy after loss:

 

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Monthly Column:

I am proud to share that I will be a monthly columnist for PALS, with my first article for them coming out on March 16. From then on, you will be able to read my column the third Wednesday of every month. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Community is so important to me so please read, share and comment. I would love to hear from you!

 

Soon PALS will be blogging about Expecting Sunshine, both the documentary and memoir. Once it’s live, I will post here to link to it.


 

I am honoured to share with you more about our new partners:

 

About PALS:

“Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) is a community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss. We seek to help expectant mothers celebrate their current pregnancy by choosing hope over fear while still nurturing and honoring the grief over the loss of their deceased child.”

PALS Mission:

“Pregnancy After Loss Support’s vision is that every mom and her partner who is experiencing pregnancy after loss is able to find support and connection among both peers and health care professionals who understand and validate the unique and complex experience of pregnancy after a previous perinatal or child death.”

I am proud to be working towards the same goals as our new partners. Many great things are in store!


 

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If you are reading this and would like to be a friend of Expecting Sunshine through partnership or sponsorship, please email Alexis Marie Chute: info@alexismariechute.com