VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF PALS

Pregnancy After Loss Support depends on the many generous volunteers who give of their time to write, moderate, lead in their local communities, and develop programs for our courageous mamas.

To find out more about how you can volunteer, visit Get Involved.

Volunteers are the heart of PALS

Meet our Volunteers

STAFF

Lindsey Henke
Lindsey HenkeFounder & Executive Director
Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support, writer, clinical social worker, wife, and most importantly a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet-cheeked baby boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December of 2012. Since then, she has turned to writing on her blog, Still Breathing. Lindsey’s second daughter, Zoe, was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss has been featured on Still Standing Magazine, Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, Postpartum Progress, and The New York Times.
Valerie Meek
Valerie MeekOperations Director
Valerie Meek is the Operations Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, daughter, and Sato puppy, Didi Darling. She became a mama when her son Patrick was born still at 20 weeks in April of 2014. She has been honored to share her TTC and pregnancy after loss journey at PALS. She gave birth to her baby born after loss, her daughter, “Stitch,” born in February 2016. Valerie writes about her family life and crafty endeavors (quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, cooking, canning, and scrapbooking) at her blog Meek Manor.
Shawnté LaTour
Shawnté LaTourVolunteer Coordinator
Shawnté LaTour-Serviss is the Volunteer Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support and lives in Albany NY with her husband and two children. Shawnte and her husband lost a baby to miscarriage 2016. Their pregnancy after loss journey was challenging, resulting in a premature birth at 33 weeks 2 days. Their rainbow, Brynlee, had a 5-week NICU stay but is now healthy and thriving! This experience has made Shawnte so very grateful for her many blessings. She became certified as a birth and bereavement doula and has made it a personal goal to help other women going through pregnancy after loss, and let them know that they are not alone.
Ingrid Santana
Ingrid SantanaInstagram Manager
Ingrid Santana is the Instagram Manager for Pregnancy After Loss Support and lives in New York City. She is a mother of her first son Liam, her daughter Leilani who was stillborn, a rainbow baby son Leighton, and her double rainbow Langston Leander. She is a stay-at-home mom and a motivated self-employed fitness coach. After her loss, Ingrid felt hopeless, alone, and empty. She didn’t understand how things like this still happened. After getting back on her feet, she decided she wanted to help others know that stillbirths can still happen today. Ingrid also, when inspired, writes occasionally on her blog Staying fit for my L’s.
Elana Ilott
Elana IlottCommunications Coordinator
Elana Ilott is the Communications Coordinator at Pregnancy After Loss Support. She is a public relations and nonprofit communications professional living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Wife to Jesse and mom to Haven and Phoenix, Elana found the PALS community shortly after loosing her first son, Haven, in December 2016. A few months later, Elana found herself pregnant again, and her rainbow Phoenix was born in October 2017. Through the PALS newsletter, A Note From Your PALS, Elana hopes to encourage dialogue, foster community, and offer a place to both honor the babies we’ve lost and celebrate the babies we hold earth side.
Keary Tangen
Keary TangenFacebook Engagement Manager
Keary Tangen is the Facebook Engagement Manager for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband Matt, stepdaughter Lilly and her rainbow baby, Audrey. On February 3, 2018 Keary’s son, Evan Matthew, passed away at 13 months old. Evan was born at 27 weeks gestation and lived his entire 13 months at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. Keary has a passion for helping other mothers navigate the chaotic world of the NICU and wants to help others who have gone through infant loss. Keary has a background in Marketing, Communications and Public Relations.
Wendy Harvey
Wendy HarveyAmbassador Program Coordinator
Wendy Harvey is the Ambassador Program Coordinator at Pregnancy After Loss Support. She resides in Northeast Wisconsin along with her husband and their two living children. In April 2014, she delivered her stillborn son, Blake. She and her husband longed for a family and knew they would always grieve Blake but when she and her husband decided to move forward, and got pregnant again, Wendy encountered a miscarriage. Wendy hopes that by volunteering with PALS she can bring more support and resources to her community and bring the perspective from a grieving momma who “gets it.”
Natalie Cairo
Natalie CairoEvent Coordinator
Natalie Arndt is a Volunteer Event Coordinator for Pregnancy After Loss Support. Natalie currently lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband John and their golden doodle pup Kody. Natalie and John are parents to James Arndt, their son who was stillborn in December of 2016. After losing James and suffering a miscarriage, Natalie and her husband are now expecting their rainbow baby girl in July 2019 – Gianna Jaymes. Natalie has been open about her losses and pregnancy after loss journey in hopes of helping others who share similar experiences. Natalie comes from a background in PR and Marketing with experience in media relations, influencer marketing & events.
Megan Taylor
Megan TaylorSupport Group Coordinator
Megan Taylor lives in Cambridge, Ontario Canada. She lost her first baby in November of 2007. Three months later, Megan got pregnant with her rainbow baby, Alexis. Megan is currently expecting her son Elijah, who is due August 2019. Megan is a certified birth and bereavement doula and Faculty Aide with Stillbirthday. Megan’s mission in life now is to help as many women and families as she can through these difficult life journeys and raise as much awareness as she can so no one has to ever feel alone. Megan is always happy to share her story and inspire others to embrace their stories as well.

SUPPORT GROUP MODERATORS

Shannon Bensalah
Shannon BensalahSupport Group Moderator
Shannon Bensalah lives in Upstate NY with her husband and two wonderful cats, Roxy and Salem. She is mom to Cameron who lived 98 days in the NICU before passing away in January 2012. From there, she experienced secondary infertility that resulted in doing IVF. In April 2018, she experienced a first trimester loss. She is currently pregnant with her rainbow baby with an estimated arrival date of September 2019.
Ashley Boren
Ashley BorenBereavement Doula
Ashley Boren is a mom of six earth side and five in heaven. Of that, three are babies after the loss. Ashley took extensive training to be a bereavement doula and chaplain. She is passionate to help those in need, most specifically ones going through loss. Ashley has been through pregnancy after loss, so she knows the need to have a healthy support system. She knows the need to provide a safe healthy environment for pregnancy after loss and is there to give extra support to those who experience another loss. Ashley supports the mamas in our community in any way they may need.
LaToya Cooper
LaToya CooperSupport Group Moderator
LaToya Cooper resides in Birmingham, Alabama where she works full-time as a domestic violence advocate and outreach coordinator. After being told she would never be able to conceive without the help of IVF, she became pregnant with her daughter Hope, no IVF or medication, just faith that all things are possible. Five months into her pregnancy, her water broke and two days later, Hope was born and passed within an hour of being born. Since losing Hope, LaToya advocates about Pregnancy Loss and Infertility. LaToya and her husband are currently trying to conceive their rainbow baby, and they cannot wait for the day he or she arrives.
Sarah Cox
Sarah CoxSupport Group Moderator
Sarah Pruitt Cox lives near Dallas, Texas. She works as an accountant and tax preparer. She is mom to a 4 year old and three angels. Sarah had trouble getting pregnant, but gave birth to a healthy boy in 2014, followed by a chemical pregnancy (2016) and a miscarriage (2017). Sarah became pregnant with her daughter, Jasmine Grace, in August 2017. At the 13-week ultrasound they discovered Jasmine had CDH and later found she had mosaic trisomy 15. Her heart stopped beating around 32 weeks. Sarah’s committed to making sure loss mamas never feel alone. Sarah writes about her loss at Life is Stupidly Unfair.
Victoria Denny
Victoria DennySupport Group Moderator
Victoria Denney lives in Kansas City and is a wife to Patrick and mom of two children. Joshua was born at 29 weeks and they lost 36 hours later. Fourteen months later they welcomed their rainbow daughter, Madeline. Madeline defines a rainbow in every sense of the word, bringing light and joy into the lives of everyone she meets. Victoria works for her local school district and spends her free time shuttling her daughter to dance classes, sports practices, and everywhere in between. Victoria continues to speak out about preeclampsia and loss, writing and speaking about Joshua often. Victoria blogs about raising a rainbow, anxiety, and life at Life with Madeline.
India Sky Gregware
India Sky GregwareSupport Group Moderator
India Sky Gregware is a labor doula, breastfeeding specialist, and military wife. She is a mother to a surviving triplet girl, 6 angels, and her fresh rainbow son. During her pregnancy with her son, she stumbled upon PALS and heavily leaned on the members while she navigated the complex feelings of being pregnant after (many) losses. She is so passionate about the PALS community and its members.
Rachel Hartsfield
Rachel HartsfieldSupport Group Moderator
Rachel Hartsfield lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and daughter. She suffered 3 miscarriages over 2 years and went through testing for infertility before getting pregnant with her rainbow baby, Elizabeth, who was born October 2016. She struggled with all of the miscarriages and hopes to help those who need it. She works at the state mental hospital in Colorado doing training. In her spare time she works out, plays with her daughter, cooks, and enjoys a warm cup of coffee.
Jillian McGough
Jillian McGoughSupport Group Moderator
Jillian McGough lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and oldest child; a little girl, Audrey. In February 2017, their second child, George, passed shortly after birth. He lived for 16 hours and those 16 hours changed her world. Since losing George, she has been journaling through her grief journey on her blog, Jillian McGaugh and has found so much comfort in the responses of her community to her memories, hard days, joys, and sorrows. Shortly after her loss, Jillian found the PALS online support groups and is excited to now be a part of the team.

BUMP DAY BLOGGERS

Marjanna Barber-Dubois
Marjanna Barber-DuboisBump Day Blogger
Marjanna Barber-Dubois lives in rural Vermont with her wife Hawthorne and works as a clinical quality specialist for their local hospital. As a queer couple, they used IUI to become pregnant. Carrying their son was difficult for Marjanna and included gallbladder attacks, gestational diabetes, kidney stones, and underlying chronic hypertension. In July 2018, their son Oscar Prince was born still at 35 weeks. Marjanna is currently pregnant with their rainbow, expected in late November 2019. She wants to let loss parents know, particularly LGBTQ+ loss parents, that they are not alone, even when it feels that way.
Rachel Hartsfield
Rachel HartsfieldBump Day Blogger
Rachel Hartsfield lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and daughter. She suffered 3 miscarriages over 2 years and went through testing for infertility before getting pregnant with her rainbow baby, Elizabeth, who was born October 2016. She struggled with all of the miscarriages and hopes to help those who need it. She works at the state mental hospital in Colorado doing training. In her spare time she works out, plays with her daughter, cooks, and enjoys a warm cup of coffee.

MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTORS

Jenny Albers
Jenny AlbersMagazine Contributor
Jenny Albers lives in South Dakota where she mothers her two earth babies. She is also mom to two heaven babies; one who was lost due to an ectopic pregnancy and one who was lost due to Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM). Jenny’s faith is woven into her story of loss and motherhood, and you can find her writing about the beauty and burden in it all at A Beautifully Burdened Life. She invites you to join her on Facebook and Instagram.
Talamieka Brice
Talamieka BriceMagazine Contributor
Talamieka Brice is an award-winning artist, photographer and visual storyteller. She is inspired by her hometown of Kilmichael, Miss, Michelangelo, and Maya Angelou. With her camera, wicked design skills and the point of view of a small-town brown girl, she is a bit of a Kil-Michel-Angelou, if you will. Brice is the wife of a veteran, mother to two children Honor and Love as well as fur babies, and enemy of the patriarchy. She also writes at talamieka.com.
Natasha Carlow
Natasha CarlowMagazine Contributor
Natasha Carlow resides in Trinidad and Tobago with her husband and two living children. She and her husband are parents to five children, three of whom were lost to previously undiagnosed Lupus Anticoagulant Antiphosphate Lipid Syndrome. Writing from a position of faith, Natasha explores issues of loss, grief, pregnancy after loss, motherhood and parenting her rainbow babies. She believes that women who experience loss need to hear stories from other women who have walked the same path and hopes to help make the experience less isolating for other moms. She is the Author of Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies.
Rebecca Christians
Rebecca ChristiansMagazine Contributor
Rebecca Christians is a researcher who lives in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter, their two pups and an ever growing flock of backyard chickens. Rebecca and Adam started trying to build a family in January of 2016. After a first trimester miscarriage in April 2016, Rebecca became pregnant with their son Arthur. The pregnancy, labor, and full term delivery were all perfect, but Arthur never opened his eyes or took a breath on his own. Arthur died an hour after birth for unknown reasons on April 1, 2017. Rebecca and Adam welcomed Arthur’s little sister in May 2018.
Sarah Cox
Sarah CoxMagazine Contributor
Sarah Pruitt Cox lives near Dallas, Texas. She works as an accountant and tax preparer. She is mom to a 4 year old and three angels. Sarah had trouble getting pregnant, but gave birth to a healthy boy in 2014, followed by a chemical pregnancy (2016) and a miscarriage (2017). Sarah became pregnant with her daughter, Jasmine Grace, in August 2017. At the 13-week ultrasound they discovered Jasmine had CDH and later found she had mosaic trisomy 15. Her heart stopped beating around 32 weeks. Sarah’s committed to making sure loss mamas never feel alone. Sarah writes about her loss at Life is Stupidly Unfair.
Rachel Freedman
Rachel FreedmanProfessional Contributor
Rachel E.K. Freedman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland who specializes in perinatal loss. After experiencing her own termination for medical reasons (TFMR) and finding very few in-person resources, she started an in-person TFMR support group that has run for the past 6 years. Rachel went on to have two healthy pregnancies and now is the proud parent of two girls. She also writes and speaks on topics pertaining to perinatal loss, trauma, and women’s issues.
Rachel Lewis
Rachel LewisMagazine Contributor
Rachel Lewis is a foster, adoptive and birth mom. After a 5-year battle with secondary infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, she now has three children in her arms, five children in heaven and a foster son in her heart. She now considers her family complete after the adoption of her second daughter and the birth of her rainbow baby. Rachel understands what it is like when building your family is just a little complicated, and is passionate about helping women feel heard and understood in their struggles. She writes at The Lewis Note and Still Standing Magazine.
Jolanny Lopez
Jolanny LopezMagazine Contributor
Jolanny Lopez is a 25 year old mom. She currently lives in NYC where she was born and raised. She is a mommy to Levi who is four, and to baby boy Uriel in heaven. Uriel was born May 13, 2018 while Jolanny was 37 weeks pregnant. Jolanny and her husband Luis welcomed their rainbow girl in April 2019! Experiencing stillbirth has been the hardest time of her life but also the most empowering. Jolanny loves writing about her story and helping women who have been through the same or similar situations.
Tracy McLaughlin Jaskot
Tracy McLaughlin JaskotMagazine Contributor
Tracy McLaughlin Jaskot is an elementary educator in Massachusetts and mom to three children – her angel son Brayden and her two rainbows, Ainsley Hope and Holden Matthew. She and her husband Matt lost their first son Brayden at 24 weeks gestation in May 2014 to undiagnosed severe pre-eclampsia which led to a complete concealed placental abruption. Tracy has learned and grown from his stillbirth in more ways than she could have ever imagined. The PALS community has been vital in her subsequent pregnancies, shifting her experience from understandable anxiety to embracing pregnancy with hope.
Erin Kuhn-Krueger
Erin Kuhn-KruegerMagazine Contributor
Erin Kuhn-Krueger is a 5x miscarriage, and 2x stillbirth survivor. She created Will CarryOn for those experiencing baby loss, and learning to live and survive life after loss. Erin writes from the heart, on often-taboo subjects, showcasing the struggles, determination and hope of her experiences. She studied marketing and advertising at Drake University, and uses her personal experiences and marketing background to shape her work, advocacy and community outreach. Erin and her husband, Aaron, live in the suburbs of Chicago, with three sons: C, by way of domestic adoption, and J and E, after successfully carrying two pregnancies to term.
Kristen Paul
Kristen PaulMagazine Contributor
Kristen Paul currently lives in Southern Maryland with her husband Darrell and their son Noah. After a struggle with infertility, they were thrilled to conceive through IVF/ICSI, only to lose son William to incompetent cervix. After having a transabdominal cerclage placed, Kristen underwent another round of IVF, and – despite a difficult pregnancy – welcomed Noah in November 2015. Though she and Darrell want another child, they have been unable to conceive again. While still struggling with both the loss of their firstborn and their inability (thusfar) to grow their family, they are thrilled to be raising their rainbow.
Rebecca Markert
Rebecca MarkertMagazine Contributor
Rebecca Markert lives in Verona, Wisconsin, with her husband and their four living children. Rebecca’s first child, Lily, was stillborn on Mother’s Day 2010 after she went into preterm labor at 20 weeks. During her second pregnancy after loss, Rebecca realized how anxious and fearful she still was and sought out other women expecting again after loss. She, along with four other courageous mamas, formed the Rainbow Pregnancies of Madison group, which supports women pregnant after loss. Rebecca is still the facilitator of that group, which meets monthly and has an active, private Facebook page.
Marissa Millerline
Marissa MillerlineMagazine Contributor
Marissa Millerline currently lives in New Jersey with her husband Joe, and their 5 year old son, Silas. Her second son, Orion, was born still at 34 weeks in June of 2018. After extensive testing, no reason was found for his loss. Marissa is currently carrying her rainbow, a daughter, due summer of 2019. Marissa enjoys writing and sharing her experiences and hopes that other mothers can find some comfort in connection. Marissa is always willing to be open and honest about her experiences and is always available to anyone who needs.
Amanda Ross-White
Amanda Ross-WhiteProfessional Contributor
Amanda Ross-White’s first pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her twins, Nathaniel and Samuel, in 2007. Since then, she has had two miscarriages, and two successful pregnancies, her daughter born safe in 2009 and her son in 2012. She advocates for maternity and child health as a patient advisor to Kingston Health Sciences Centre. She is also the author of Joy at the End of the Rainbow: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Loss, which came second place in the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year awards for consumer health books.
Kasey Schultz-Saindon
Kasey Schultz-SaindonMagazine Contributor
Kasey Schultz-Saindon is a psychologist who lives in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She and her husband, Eric, lost their first two babies, Lentil and Danny, in 2016 and 2017, both at 20 weeks gestation. With the help of incredible medical providers, the genetic mutation that affected their baby boys was identified. Kasey and Eric utilized IVF with genetic diagnosis in the hopes of finally bringing home a baby. They welcomed their daughter, their first living child, in February 2019. Kasey is grateful to share her experiences with a community that has been such an incredible support to her.
Ursula Sabia Sukinik
Ursula Sabia SukinikProfessional Contributor
Ursula Sabia Sukinik has been blessed to work with and support thousands of couples through all types of births. She is a senior birth worker in the DC Metro area who owns and operates Birth You Desire, which offers a variety of services including classes, doula services, doula trainings, workshops, lectures, TENs unit rentals and much more. You can learn more at BirthYouDesire.com.
Ingrid Santana
Ingrid SantanaMagazine Contributor
Ingrid Santana is the Instagram Manager for Pregnancy After Loss Support and lives in New York City. She is a mother of her first son Liam, her daughter Leilani who was stillborn, a rainbow baby son Leighton, and her double rainbow Langston Leander. She is a stay-at-home mom and a motivated self-employed fitness coach. After her loss, Ingrid felt hopeless, alone, and empty. She didn’t understand how things like this still happened. After getting back on her feet, she decided she wanted to help others know that stillbirths can still happen today. Ingrid also, when inspired, writes occasionally on her blog Staying fit for my L’s.
Elizabeth Thoma
Elizabeth ThomaMagazine Contributor
Elizabeth Thoma lives in California with her husband, Chris, and two living children, Everett and Imogen. She found out she was expecting her first child Mother’s Day weekend, 2014. At the anatomy scan, they found out their son had a minor abdominal wall defect. Oberon was born six weeks early and had surgery the same day. The surgery went well, but Obie had trouble breathing. One week later, the doctors found that Obie’s brain didn’t develop correctly. After redirecting to comfort care, they took Obie home. Obie passed away at home in his daddy’s arms at 33 days old. Elizabeth and Chris blog at about their family at Our Little Beastie.

MEET-UP LEADERS

Danyelle Andrews
Danyelle AndrewsChicago, IL
Danyelle Andrews is a PALS Meet-Up Leader and Ambassador in the Chicago area and a mother to five children–she carries three in her heart and two in her arms. Rylie and Avary, the twin girls who first made her a mom, were born and died the same day from preterm labor. In 2016 her first rainbow, Chloe, was born. In 2017, after an early miscarriage of ‘Baby A’, Baby B, Ronan, was born. Danyelle knows without a doubt that it was her loss mama friends who helped her navigate and survive her pregnancies after loss, and she is honored to be a part of PALS.
Megan Brandow-Faller
Megan Brandow-FallerManhattan, NY
Megan Brandow-Faller is a Meet-up Leader in Manhattan, NY. She and her husband Adam were devastated to learn that their first child, Lotte was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (HLHS) at her 18-week sonogram. Megan and Adam sought out the very best medical team to perform the surgeries required of HLHS patients. Lotte was born on May 4, 2015 but died in the hospital due to unforeseen complications. Millions followed her story on HONY. Megan and Adam were overjoyed to welcome Lotte’s siblings, Otto (6 September 2016) and Theo (27 December 2018). Megan is passionate about helping other mothers to heal, and thrive, through grief, loss and parenting.
Blair Carter
Blair CarterWashington, DC
Blair Carter is a PALS Meet-up Leader in Washington, DC, where she works as an elementary school teacher and lives with her husband and son. In 2016, her first child, Hazel, was delivered at 33 weeks gestation and lived only a short time due to complications from a complete placental abruption. In March 2017, Blair and Brandon found out that they were pregnant again, and Owen was born that October after a very anxiety-ridden pregnancy. As she journeyed through her grief and subsequent pregnancy, Blair found support in Pregnancy After Loss Support’s online groups and other PAL moms, and now she hopes to offer support and hope to other PAL moms.
Angela Feltner
Angela FeltnerKalamazoo, MI
Angela Feltner is a PALS Meet-Up leader in Kalamazoo, MI. She is a wife and mother to two children. Her daughter Evelyn Rae was born sleeping in 2017 due to preeclampsia. Ten weeks later, she became pregnant with her rainbow, Michael Bowie, who was born via emergency c-section at 33 week. Michael came home after a 28-day NICU stay, bringing much joy and comfort. Angela is working on her MA in Family and Consumer Sciences. She wants to use her education and experience to bring awareness to medical professionals treating the mom pregnant after loss. Angela wants other moms to know they are not alone in this journey.
Jessica Gamache
Jessica GamacheMetro Vancouver, BC
Jessica Gamache is a PALS Meet-up Leader in Metro Vancouver, BC and lives in beautiful Maple Ridge, BC. She and her husband eagerly awaited the arrival of their first child in June 2016. However, at her 40 week check up, the baby had no heartbeat and Scarlett was stillborn the next day. When Jessica found out she was pregnant again, she was an emotional roller coaster of happiness and fear. Fortunately, Kayden was born alive and well in September 2017. Jessica hopes to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss, so that loss parents can get the support they need.
Suzanne Greenwalt
Suzanne GreenwaltNashville, TN
Suzanne Greenwalt is a PALS Meet-Up leader in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and five living children and works as a physical therapist and a university professor. After her first two children were born full term and healthy, Suzanne suffered two consecutive miscarriages. She went on to have two more full term and healthy children, followed by three consecutive pregnancy losses – a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, and the stillbirth of her her daughter Samantha. While pregnant with her rainbow baby, Christopher (born healthy in February 2019), Suzanne sought additional support due to fear and anxiety of another loss. She discovered PALS, a comforting and safe environment to discuss her emotions with other PAL moms.
Shawnté LaTour
Shawnté LaTourAlbany, NY
Shawnté LaTour-Serviss is the Volunteer Coordinator and Meet-Up Leader and PALS Ambassador for Pregnancy After Loss Support and lives in Albany NY with her husband and two children. Shawnte and her husband lost a baby to miscarriage 2016. Their pregnancy after loss journey was challenging, resulting in a premature birth at 33 weeks 2 days. Their rainbow, Brynlee, had a 5-week NICU stay but is now healthy and thriving! This experience has made Shawnte so very grateful for her many blessings. She became certified as a birth and bereavement doula and has made it a personal goal to help other women going through pregnancy after loss, and let them know that they are not alone.
Malory Lea
Malory LeaBurlington, VT
Malory Lea is the PALS Meet-up leader for Vermont. In 2016, at Malory’s 20-week ultrasound she discovered that baby boy “Bug” had a CDH, a rare birth defect of the diaphragm. Bug’s CDH was extremely severe and prevented his lungs from forming. At almost 21 weeks, Malory made the heartbreaking decision to end her first pregnancy. Still grieving the loss of Bug, Malory found out she was pregnant again and gave birth to her daughter Noa Rebecca a year later. Malory experienced the intense emotional struggle of dealing with a pregnancy soon after a loss and is dedicated to helping other women through this difficult journey to give more meaning to Bug’s too-short existence.
Kathryn Lederer
Kathryn LedererSalem, OR
Kathryn Lederer is a PALS Leader in Salem, OR. Kathryn had her first pregnancy in 2012, which ended in miscarriage, followed by four additional miscarriages. Through her struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss, she found support from a local pregnancy and infant loss group. In 2013, she lost her sixth pregnancy during the 2nd trimester (Grayson). Devastated and uncertain, she tried again and went on to have Hudson in 2015. After having Hudson, she found she needed support in a new way and formed a parenting after loss support group. Kathryn is committed to helping moms in all stages of loss. Kathryn works as a nurse practitioner in college health.
Laura Rahman
Laura RahmanWashington, DC
Laura Rahman is a PALS Meet-up Leader in Washington, DC, where she lives with her family and works full-time as a fundraiser for a national nonprofit. Her angel Zain was diagnosed in utero with a CHD and had open heart surgery within hours of birth. He fought for 81 days and lost his battle on June 9, 2017. Laura’s rainbow, Laila Zain Rahman was born in 2018. Once pregnant again she struggled with the anxiety and the fear of losing another child. Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) has been an incredible support to her during her pregnancy, and she is excited to help others through their PAL journey.
Heather Ralston
Heather RalstonBaltimore, MD
Heather Ralston is a PALS Ambassador and a Meet-Up Leader in Baltimore, MD, where she lives with her husband and two living children. During her second pregnancy, a severe case of hydrops fetalis was discovered at her 20-week anatomy scan. After weeks of testing and consultations, Heather and her husband made the the heartbreaking decision to end their son Aiden’s pregnancy. Just ten weeks later, Heather became pregnant again and delivered a healthy baby girl in March 2018. Heather knows pregnancy after loss is a hard journey to navigate without support. She’s thankful for PALS online support and loves being a part of the PALS community.
Megan Rigdon
Megan RigdonProvo, Utah
Megan Rigdon is a PALS Meet-Up leader in Provo, UT, and a mother of two. Megan found herself in total shock after her first miscarriage. She knew several women who had experienced a loss, but it was a wake up call when it happened to her. She wanted to connect with other women with who had similar experiences and discovered PALS. Megan decided to create a Meet-Up in her area so that local families could get the support they need. Megan works part time as a mental health therapist and is a full-time mom who loves to hike, swim, play soccer, bike, camp, and do anything outside in the sunshine with her family.
Ariane Sroubek
Ariane SroubekBoston, MA
Ariane Sroubek is a PALS Meet-up leader in the Boston area where she lives with her husband and two living children. Ariane lost her second and third daughters (one at birth and the other at 10 weeks). She recently welcomed a healthy little boy after what felt like a very long and difficult pregnancy. In fact, it was her search for support during that pregnancy that led her to PALS. With a background in child psychology, Ariane is passionate about sharing her story and supporting other families through her blog, My Sustaining Grace, and her role with PALS.
Noelle Vandenberg
Noelle VandenbergGreen Bay, WI
Noelle Vandenberg is a Meet-Up leader in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A mother of five, her fifth child was the first to come home with her. She knows the road to becoming a parent can be a little different for all of us. She could only find one book when her journey first started. She hopes to spread awareness and believes women should come together. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, writing, art and spending time with her family, dogs and horses.
Melissa Wilson
Melissa WilsonCalgary, Alberta
Melissa Wilson is a PALS Meet-Up leader in Calgary, Alberta. Like others in this tribe, she will forever live with a loss lens. Melissa is a wife, mama and pediatric occupational therapist. She and her husband are raising three girls and one rainbow little boy. They were devastated to loose their first boy at 25 weeks gestation. Pregnancy after loss was laced with grief, fear, anxiety and precious hope. Meet-Ups powerfully bring together mamas and Melissa’s hope is to connect you with buoys in the midst of a sea of those who simply can’t understand.

PALS AMBASSADORS

Danyelle Andrews
Danyelle AndrewsChicago, IL
Danyelle Andrews is a PALS Meet-Up Leader and Ambassador in the Chicago area and a mother to five children–she carries three in her heart and two in her arms. Rylie and Avary, the twin girls who first made her a mom, were born and died the same day from preterm labor. In 2016 her first rainbow, Chloe, was born. In 2017, after an early miscarriage of ‘Baby A’, Baby B, Ronan, was born. Danyelle knows without a doubt that it was her loss mama friends who helped her navigate and survive her pregnancies after loss, and she is honored to be a part of PALS.
Sarah Cox
Sarah CoxDallas, TX
Sarah Pruitt Cox lives near Dallas, Texas. She works as an accountant and tax preparer. She is mom to a 4 year old and three angels. Sarah had trouble getting pregnant, but gave birth to a healthy boy in 2014, followed by a chemical pregnancy (2016) and a miscarriage (2017). Sarah became pregnant with her daughter, Jasmine Grace, in August 2017. At the 13-week ultrasound they discovered Jasmine had CDH and later found she had mosaic trisomy 15. Her heart stopped beating around 32 weeks. Sarah’s committed to making sure loss mamas never feel alone. Sarah writes about her loss at Life is Stupidly Unfair.
Angela Feltner
Angela FeltnerKalamazoo, MI
Angela Feltner is a wife and mother to two children. Her daughter Evelyn Rae was born sleeping in 2017 due to preeclampsia. Ten weeks later, she became pregnant with her rainbow, Michael Bowie, who was born via emergency c-section at 33 week. Michael came home after a 28-day NICU stay, bringing much joy and comfort. Angela is working on her MA in Family and Consumer Sciences. She wants to use her education and experience to bring awareness to medical professionals treating the mom pregnant after loss. Angela wants other moms to know they are not alone in this journey.
Wendy Harvey
Wendy HarveyGreen Bay, WI
Wendy Harvey is the Ambassador Program Coordinator at Pregnancy After Loss Support. She resides in Northeast Wisconsin along with her husband and their two living children. In April 2014, she delivered her stillborn son, Blake. She and her husband longed for a family and knew they would always grieve Blake but when she and her husband decided to move forward, and got pregnant again, Wendy encountered a miscarriage. Wendy hopes that by volunteering with PALS she can bring more support and resources to her community and bring the perspective from a grieving momma who “gets it.”
Lindsey Henke
Lindsey HenkeMinneapolis, MN
Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support, writer, clinical social worker, wife, and most importantly a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet-cheeked baby boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December of 2012. Since then, she has turned to writing on her blog, Still Breathing. Lindsey’s second daughter, Zoe, was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss has been featured on Still Standing Magazine, Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, Postpartum Progress, and The New York Times.
Emily LaCroix
Emily LaCroixCalifornia
Emily Lacroix joined the Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) team as a Board member and the Treasurer in 2017. She holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration and works as the Executive Development Director for a private school in the San Francisco bay area. Her first daughter, Mary Francis, was stillborn at 23 weeks, and her rainbow daughter, Louise was born the following year. Emily continues to experience the benefits of a strong support network like PALS and believes in choosing hope over fear. She is proud to serve as a volunteer with such a groundbreaking and uplifting organization.
Shawnté LaTour
Shawnté LaTourAlbany, NY
Shawnté LaTour-Serviss is the Volunteer Coordinator and Meet-Up Leader and PALS Ambassador for Pregnancy After Loss Support and lives in Albany NY with her husband and two children. Shawnte and her husband lost a baby to miscarriage 2016. Their pregnancy after loss journey was challenging, resulting in a premature birth at 33 weeks 2 days. Their rainbow, Brynlee, had a 5-week NICU stay but is now healthy and thriving! This experience has made Shawnte so very grateful for her many blessings. She became certified as a birth and bereavement doula and has made it a personal goal to help other women going through pregnancy after loss, and let them know that they are not alone.
Kathryn Lederer
Kathryn LedererSalem, OR
Kathryn Lederer is a PALS Leader in Salem, OR. Kathryn had her first pregnancy in 2012, which ended in miscarriage, followed by four additional miscarriages. Through her struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss, she found support from a local pregnancy and infant loss group. In 2013, she lost her sixth pregnancy during the 2nd trimester (Grayson). Devastated and uncertain, she tried again and went on to have Hudson in 2015. After having Hudson, she found she needed support in a new way and formed a parenting after loss support group. Kathryn is committed to helping moms in all stages of loss. Kathryn works as a nurse practitioner in college health.
Valerie Meek
Valerie MeekBoston, MA
Valerie Meek is the Operations Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, daughter, and Sato puppy, Didi Darling. She became a mama when her son Patrick was born still at 20 weeks in April of 2014. She has been honored to share her TTC and pregnancy after loss journey at PALS. She gave birth to her baby born after loss, her daughter, “Stitch,” born in February 2016. Valerie writes about her family life and crafty endeavors (quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, cooking, canning, and scrapbooking) at her blog Meek Manor.
Heather Ralston
Heather RalstonBaltimore, MD
Heather Ralston is a PALS Ambassador and a Meet-Up Leader in Baltimore, MD, where she lives with her husband and two living children. During her second pregnancy, a severe case of hydrops fetalis was discovered at her 20-week anatomy scan. After weeks of testing and consultations, Heather and her husband made the the heartbreaking decision to end their son Aiden’s pregnancy. Just ten weeks later, Heather became pregnant again and delivered a healthy baby girl in March 2018. Heather knows pregnancy after loss is a hard journey to navigate without support. She’s thankful for PALS online support and loves being a part of the PALS community.
Domenique Rice
Domenique RiceBrooklyn, NY
Domenique Rice resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a proud mother to Lena, TJ, and Tyson. On May 29, 2017 her son TJ died at 36.5 weeks gestation due to a cord accident. Five months after TJ’s death, she became pregnant with her youngest son Tyson. While experiencing PAL, Domenique found support through many of the PALS & Star Legacy services. She finds healing in her journey through running in nature, connecting with other families, as well as supporting the Star Legacy Metro New York Chapter in their efforts to create awareness and bereavement support around Stillbirth loss.

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