In today’s episode, Dr. Toni talks with Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre founder Aditi Loveridge about how to support each other around pregnancy and infant loss. The more we can talk about our experience, the less isolation and stigma we all feel when dealing with pregnancy and infant loss.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Both women and their partners can feel unsupported and alone in their loss since both pregnancy and infant loss is not a common topic of conversation.
Aditi Loveridge is a certified coach and grief recovery specialist, mindfulness meditation teacher and owner of pregnancylosshealing.com. She has been nominated for the Women of Inspiration Award from the Universal Women’s Network for her work in filling the gap to support those who are experiencing the complex journey after pregnancy and infant loss.
In this episode, we cover:
- The impact of your language: miscarriage versus pregnancy loss
- How pregnancy and infant loss can be a isolating journey especially during a pandemic
- The importance of receiving permission to grieve and discuss your loss
- How we can start to acknowledge the loss of those you know
- The phrases that can minimize your experience
- The importance of feeling the heavy and uncomfortable emotions around loss instead of toxic positivity or going straight to silver linings
- The impact of culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status on pregnancy and infant loss
- How it’s possible to grieve a loss individually and as a family while parenting your living children
“Grieving is innately a selfish time and it needs to be.”
You can connect with Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre online for virtual support. Anyone in Canada or the US can text or call their Pregnancy Loss Support Line at 1-888-910-1551 for 100% confidential bereavement peer support.
Today’s Mama Must Have:
Dr. Toni is a big fan of fabric hats, like her dark denim cap and collection of berets, that are easy to throw in a bag and great to stay cool or warm in summer and fall. Who needs to have the time to get your hair done when you can just wear a hat?
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