Pregnancy after loss is the hardest thing I ever did after losing my first child and daughter to stillbirth in 2012. After my experience, I wanted other pregnant after loss (PAL) parents to feel like they had a friend to support them during the emotional journey through grief and joy, hope and fear, which is pregnancy after loss. To know that they weren’t alone. That’s why I founded Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) in 2014, soon after bringing my second daughter home after her birth.
Seven years later, I am proud to say PALS has done just that with the much-anticipated launch of our Pregnancy After Loss App in September 2021! Now bereaved parents pregnant after loss have #PALSInYourPocket and at their fingertips daily to support them through those emotionally difficult nine months. It is the first of its kind app and had over 6,000 downloads in the last three months of 2021, and we can’t be more pleased!
We also continued to offer in-person, virtual, and online support groups for over 20,000 parents going through PAL. Our online magazine published our Bump Day Bloggers’ inspirational pregnancy and birth stories and shared articles and resources for
parents navigating life after loss. In 2021 we offered educational training through online lectures to health care professionals about how to emotionally support the PAL parent, and we continued to raise awareness and celebrate both our babies that died and the ones born after with our third annual Waddle Walk which raised $21,000. All of this was accomplished during the second year of a global pandemic.
To everyone who has financially supported, volunteered, or benefited from PALS services, please know that this work and growth would not have been possible without your generous hearts, support, and belief in the mission of Pregnancy After Loss Support. Your continued dedication to PALS is appreciated.
Lindsey Henke, MSW, LICSW
Founder and Executive Director of
Pregnancy After Loss Support