PALS 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
A Note from PALS Founder
I’m extremely humbled to be writing my first note as the Executive Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support’s first annual report. In 2014, when Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) was birthed into the world just a few months after my first rainbow baby Zoe, I never dreamed PALS would become what it is today. Back then, the creation of the community of PALS was just a solution to a problem I experienced myself – that when I was pregnant during my subsequent pregnancy after the stillbirth of my first daughter Nora, there was no community online specifically dedicated to the emotional experience of holding joy, grief and fear in your heart during a pregnancy that follows loss.
Fast forward to today, coming up on five years since that founding day, Pregnancy After Loss Support has become an official non-profit with 501(c)3 status. PALS has been embraced, supported and nurtured by courageous loss and pregnancy after loss mamas in this wonderful community – through financial donations and hours volunteered that has allowed PALS to expand services to supporting more than 40,000 courageous PAL mamas online, as well as in-person with the addition this year of over 10 PALS Meet-Up locations across North America. PALS has also provided educational outreach to healthcare professionals about the evidenced-based research of what PAL moms want for support during their subsequent pregnancies by attending international conferences including PLIDA this past year.
To everyone who has financially supported, volunteered, or benefited from PALS services, please realize 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.
Lindsey Henke, MSW, LICSW
Founder and Executive Director of
Pregnancy After Loss Support