Pregnant after loss meet up
Melissa and her family are forever shaped by loss. With 3 healthy girls filling their life, they made the leap to try for a last baby. They were utterly devastated to say hello and goodbye to him at 25 weeks. A quick subsequent pregnancy after such a profound loss stretched their bleeding hearts and was laced with grief, fear, anxiety and precious hope. They welcomed their rainbow in November 2016 and without loss, they unequivocally would not have him.
Melissa is committed to helping loss mamas make connections, offering a space for those who have lived the complexity of loss and grief intertwined with fear and cautious hope.
Melissa is grateful to be part of this courageous community. The connections between mamas who have experienced loss are buoying in a sea of those who just simply cannot understand.
trying to conceive
Lisa Larkin is a registered nurse holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked in many areas of healthcare including both antepartum and postpartum. She feels very passionate about supporting individuals when trying to conceive after experiencing infertility and pregnancy loss. Her journey to parenthood took almost 10 years with several assisted reproductive techniques including IUI & IVF followed by several pregnancy losses.
She sees the incredible need for individuals and couples to be supported through the complex journey of trying to conceive after pregnancy loss and feels the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre will be pivitol in filling gaps in our community. Lisa feels incredibly honoured to be a part of the team.
Heather Hooge is a registered social worker with a background in health care. Heather is excited to support the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Centre having had her own life touched by pregnancy loss in 2016 when Heather delivered her daughter, Willa, stillborn at 21 weeks gestation due to poor prenatal diagnosis.
Heather knows firsthand how important it is to have a community to turn to for support in healing and is excited that the centre will be that community for many others who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.