Pregnancy After Loss Support is dedicated to ensuring 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.
Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) strives to support women pregnant after a loss and encourage them to choose hope over fear while nurturing grief during a subsequent pregnancy. Pregnancy After Loss Support accomplishes this goal through services for both the mom (and her partner) pregnant again after a loss and the providers who treat her. PALS services include an online magazine, online peer-moderated support groups, local meet-ups, outreach and education through speaking and tabling at professional conferences, resource listings for families and healthcare providers, and a newsletter.
OUR MISSION OBJECTIVES
To improve awareness and spread recognition that pregnancy after loss is a unique experience.
To advocate for the PAL mom’s health and the health of her baby by empowering her to advocate for herself by trusting her motherly instincts.
To connect moms to providers and peers for the added support that is needed during a pregnancy after a loss.
To educate both moms and healthcare providers about the difference between the anxiety of a normal pregnancy after loss experience and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders so they know when to seek additional support.
OUR GUIDING BELIEFS
Pregnancy After Loss Mama’s Rights
We believe that all PAL mamas have the following rights (from Lindsey Henke’s My Pregnancy After Loss Bill of Rights):
WHO WE SERVE
Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) serves the mom who is navigating the difficult journey of pregnancy after loss. At PALS we believe pregnancy after loss encompasses the time period from trying to conceive (TTC) after a loss, during the subsequent pregnancy, and into the first year of parenting the child(ren) born after a loss. PALS also offers support to the courageous PAL dad and/or PAL partner.
At PALS we believe that the story of the courageous PAL parents needs to be told, and parents need to be supported. In order to best do this, PALS also serves our PAL parents by educating and supporting the healthcare professionals who treat them.