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What's happened at PALS this week
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Creating our weekly newsletter has become a favorite activity for our staff. As we collect the stories and articles shared over the past week, we reflect on the inspiration of our community. YOU are why we do this work. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us each day, and thank you for giving us the honor of walking alongside you on this roller coaster journey of pregnancy after loss.

Our Courageous Mama of the Week is Alexis Scott! 

"I am a courageous mama because I choose to face my fears everyday and continue to work hard to be a strong mama for my 2 sunshine boys, my angel boy, and my rainbow boy due in October."

Go Alexis, go!

Weekly Affirmation from our Founder and Executive Director, Lindsey Henke. YOU deserve this, Mamas!

This week at PregnancyAfterLossSupport.com

Hyedi's Bump Day Blog, Week 36: July 3 - Finding Peace
Hyedi Nelson writes about the one year anniversary of losing her son, Charlie, and how she and her husband celebrated his memory as she passed a big milestone in week 36.
Carry On

Contributor Angela Riggs writes about the difference between letting go and carrying on as she holds tight to her son Leo's memory.
The Meaning of Meaning After Pregnancy Loss

Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT, shares ways to make meaning after a loss, and she wants to know what has brought you special meaning after your loss?
Fat Follicles and a New Mind Set

With a new outlook this time around, Contributor Lisa Hand shares her IUI experience and why she knows she's really ready this time.
Kristen's Bump Day Blog, Week 18: Awkward Conversations and Doing What Works for You

Kristen Paul takes week 18 to reflect on awkward conversations and doing what works for her. What works for you?
Handling your Medical Care during Pregnancy After Loss
Diana Stone, a bereaved mother of three, offers tips on questions for your OB/midwife and your rights as a (to-be) pregnant woman. 

Lindsey Henke and Anne Mathay, both PALS staffers, were castmembers in their respective LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER shows this season, and their performances are now live on YouTube. Visit the recap post for links to watch their performances. They both discuss pregnancy and pregnancy loss as an attempt to tell their stories and bring awareness to a topic that they are both so passionate about.

Rainbow Birth Story: Michelle's Story Our Rainbow Birth Story this week is from Michelle Gurule, who shares the story of her little boy born after her loss.

Do you want to share YOUR rainbow birth story? We want to hear it, and share it with our community!

Submit it to our website on our Submit Your Story page. We'll contact you to get a photograph and to get you on the schedule.

Tips from PAL Moms: Birth Plan Musts for Birth After Loss

Tips from PAL Moms is column on PALS where we ask you, the PAL mom, for feedback about your experience during pregnancy after loss. Great ideas for PAL mamas preparing their birth plans: "What are you including (or did include) in your birth plan that you feel is a must for birth after loss?"

Other news!

Here are some articles from around the web that we think you may be interested in:

Nixon signs Missouri bill for stillborn baby tax exemption. Missouri is the fourth state to acknowledge stillborn babies for a tax exemption. They join Arizona, Alaska, and Indiana. It's time to add more states to that list!

Christa Black Gifford writes about the loss of one daughter and the birth of another, and literally moving from gold to pink in this beautiful essay about her daughters
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