Monday, May 11, 2015

Nurses are Human....

Not every labor nurse can care for a mother who will have a stillbirth. Some nurses just can’t do it, some just don’t want to do it, and some just aren’t good at it. Frequently, the same nurses are chosen over and over again to care for a mother who will not get to take their baby home. I knew early on that I would be one of the nurses chosen to care for these families. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ever Upward: Overcoming the Lifelong Losses of Infertility to Define Your Own Happy Ending

“When are you having kids?”
“Why don’t you just adopt?”
To the 1 in 8 couples who endure infertility treatments, common questions like these do not feel at all innocent or well-meaning. Instead, they can feel invalidating to the brutal battle of infertility and minimizing to the often arduous path of adoption.
Ever Upward is the story of how Justine Brooks Froelker redefined her life for the better after the heartbreaking, devastating and lifelong losses of infertility. Beginning with Justine’s incredible story of surviving two back surgeries, a year in a body cast and IVF with a gestational surrogate, Justine guides the reader through the strategies she used to overcome the loss of her dream of motherhood and chose to thrive through the ownership and acceptance of her childfree, yet childfull life.
Providing a voice to those silenced by infertility, Ever Upward gives permission to talk about it, embrace it and own it all. Opening the conversation to ask for understanding and acceptance of the path that sadly doesn’t include children, it challenge us all to consider more than one happy ending.
Ever Upward is Justine’s story, and yet it is our story, parent or not, because behind the wall of shamed silence, the smile and “I can do everything” attitude lies millions of couples suffering with the pain of infertility. Join Justine as she shows us that the connection to our stories in the only way back to the truth of who we are.
Justine Froelker, author of Ever Upward, will donate $5 of the purchase price of Ever Upward through their online store to Share! This purchase price is cheaper than most retailers and as of now will be the only place to get a signed copy of the book!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This information was posted on the NPR twitter feed and I thought it was applicable to this audience. 

Miscarriage is a common yet seldom discussed health problem. What do you wish people knew about it? 

Email NPR CrowdSource -, and we may use your (confidential) answer in a story.