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A podcast for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Listen in on honest conversations from real women as they share candidly about their own experience of loss and what it has looked like for them to navigate grief.

If you have experienced the loss of a baby and are searching for hope and joy and just another mama who understands what you are going through, then this podcast is for you.

If you are a friend or a family member of someone who has experienced the loss of a baby and are looking for ways to intentionally care for and love the one grieving, this podcast is for you too.

A new episode releases every Wednesday. Make sure you don't miss a single one so click subscribe.

The Joyful Mourning - A Podcast for Women Who Have Experienced Pregnancy or Infant Loss Ashlee Proffitt

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8, 4 Ratings

A podcast for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Listen in on honest conversations from real women as they share candidly about their own experience of loss and what it has looked like for them to navigate grief.

If you have experienced the loss of a baby and are searching for hope and joy and just another mama who understands what you are going through, then this podcast is for you.

If you are a friend or a family member of someone who has experienced the loss of a baby and are looking for ways to intentionally care for and love the one grieving, this podcast is for you too.

A new episode releases every Wednesday. Make sure you don't miss a single one so click subscribe.

    086 Life-Limiting Diagnosis, Purpose in the Pain, & Infant Loss in the African Culture with Lola Igunbor

    086 Life-Limiting Diagnosis, Purpose in the Pain, & Infant Loss in the African Culture with Lola Igunbor

    This episode is sure to inspire you and strengthen your faith -- at least it did in me. Listen in as I chat with my new friend Lola who shares the story of her son Elijah. At Lola’s routine anatomy scan, the doctors gave these first time parents the news that their son had a life-threatening heart condition making it very unlikely that he would make it to term or be delivered alive. Against all odds, Elijah would be born and would live for weeks. He would get to meet his mama and daddy and many family members and friends.
    Lola’s story is not unlike many of you listening. Lola’s story is not that different from my own. And yet, her faith is vastly different. Making me pause and reflect and think about the truth that she shared during our time together -- that we can hope, that we can have joy, even in the mourning, despite all of our circumstances. She talks to me honestly about what her pregnancy with Elijah was like and her lack of fear is nothing short of a miracle and reminds me that God is able to bring supernatural peace that we cannot fully understand even into the darkest of places. Even when we receive the worst of news. Even when our world feels shaken. He can bring peace. Lola shares with me what she wish others knew about life after infant loss, what pregnancy after loss was like for her -- again, her story even in this is remarkable and incredibly encouraging.
    Lola also shares what she has learned about infant loss within the African culture and what she would like to see happen within that community in regards to baby loss. We talk about our spiritual walks and how there can be purpose in the pain, how her son Elijah’s life changed her forever. 
    Lola’s faith is contagious and I am incredibly grateful for her story. 
    If this is your first time joining us and this faith that Lola is talking about feels foreign or shaken I would love to invite you to download a free 7 day devotional that will encourage your heart and remind you of hope -- maybe for the first time. You can download that free resource by going to www.themorning.com, you can find it linked under the Resources tab.
     
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    • 55 min
    085 Navigating a Life-Limiting Diagnosis with the Founder of Carrying to Term Stephanie Schoonover

    085 Navigating a Life-Limiting Diagnosis with the Founder of Carrying to Term Stephanie Schoonover

    Listen in as I chat with Stephanie Schoonover. Stephanie was given a life-limiting diagnosis for her daughter Grace at a routine 12-week ultrasound. In this episode Stephanie shares with us what it was like to continue her pregnancy and make the most of the time she did have with her daughter. Stephanie also shares all about how she prepared for Grace’s birth and what she wish others understood about what its like to receive a life-limiting diagnosis for your baby. 
     
    Stephanie shares with us her experience of joy while carrying her daughter Grace but also how the resources to help a family in this situation were lacking. As a result Stephanie founded the non-profit Carrying To Term and tells us all about that amazing organization in this episode. 
     
    If you or someone you know have received a prenatal life-limiting diagnosis, this is a must-listen episode. Like always, this episode is both practically helpful and honestly hopeful. I pray that no matter what brought you here today, this episode would serve as a reminder that you are never, ever alone in this journey and that you are more loved than you could ever imagine.
    Stephanie’s story has so much hope to offer and I pray that it blesses you today.
     
    If this is your first time joining us and you have been given a life-limiting diagnosis for your baby, I want to say, I am so incredibly sorry. I want to also tell you that while you probably feel very alone right now, you are not alone. I would love to invite you to join our free online community where you can find other moms just like you who have walked or are walking now a similar journey. You can join us by heading to themorning.com/community. Also, we have created a lengthy list of resources just for you and you can access all of those by heading to themorning.com/lifelimitingdiagnosis. Thats, themorning.com/lifelimitingdiagnosis. I am grateful you are here and I pray that this episode and those resources I just mentioned will be an enormous blessing and help to you in this season and the season to come.
     
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    • 51 min
    084 Life Limiting Diagnosis and Carrying to Term with Kristin Ironside

    084 Life Limiting Diagnosis and Carrying to Term with Kristin Ironside

    Listen in as I chat with Kristin Ironside, a mama who endured the heartbreaking journey of knowing the baby she carried would most likely not live more than a few hours.
    Kristin’s daughter, Annabelle was diagnosed with unilateral renal agenesis and unilateral multi cystic dysplastic kidney -- basically at her 18 week anatomy scan, Kristin learned that her daughter’s kidneys were not functioning properly and without properly functioning kidneys in the womb her little body could not produce amniotic fluid necessary for lung development. Non functioning kidneys and lungs would be lethal to her baby girl.
    Baby Annabelle could continue growing as a healthy baby in her womb, but they would need to prepare themselves for a stillborn or a life of "minutes to hours."
    In our time together Kristin shares what it was like to receive a diagnosis like that, one of incomprehensible heartbreak, and what it was like to carry Annabelle for another 15 weeks knowing she would not bring her home after she was born.
    Kristin shares very helpful and practical advice about how to prepare for a birth in a circumstance such as this but more than even practical advice she shares hope. She says “it is possible to have joy through it all.” and “one day you will get on the other side and you will get to say yeah i did make it and let me tell you how good God was through it all.” She gives such a hope-filled reminder as we are wrapping up when she says “God will give you the grace for all those moments that feel impossible now.” 
    This episode is both practically helpful and honestly hopeful. I pray that no matter what brought you here today, this episode would serve as a reminder that you are never, ever alone in this journey and that you are more loved than you could ever imagine.
    If this is your first time joining us and you have been given a life-limiting diagnosis for your baby, I want to say, I am so incredibly sorry. I want to also tell you that while you probably feel very alone right now, you are not alone. I would love to invite you to join our free online community where you can find other moms just like you who have walked or are walking now a similar journey. You can join us by heading to themorning.com/community. Also, we have created a lengthy list of resources just for you and you can access all of those by heading to themorning.com/lifelimitingdiagnosis.
    I am grateful you are here and I pray that this episode and those resources I just mentioned will be an enormous blessing and help to you in this season and the season to come. 
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    • 45 min
    083 7 Things Your Husband Wants You to Know About His Grief with Ashlee Proffitt

    083 7 Things Your Husband Wants You to Know About His Grief with Ashlee Proffitt

    As we approach Father’s Day in just a few days I thought, what better way to honor dads than by giving them a voice. So since this podcast is primarily for grieving women, I thought it might be helpful to interview a few trusted men I know and ask them to tell me what they would want their wife to know about their grief. I’m going to share their answers with you in this special Father’s Day episode -- an episode for the women, that we might better understand our husbands and their grief, especially as we celebrate them this weekend. 
     
    P.S. If you are listening as a friend or family member of someone grieving the loss of a baby -- this episode will really help you to love and support a grieving dad, who unfortunately is often overlooked.
     
    I want to thank Aaron, Tim & Michael for helping me create this episode. I’m so grateful for your honesty and transparency about what it’s like to be a grieving father. 
     
    Thank you for tuning in today friend. I pray this episode reminds you, in a special way, that you aren’t alone in your grief. While your spouse or partner may grieve differently than you or not show their grief in the ways that make sense to you, they are grieving. And I pray that that truth brings you comfort today.
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    • 18 min
    082 Anxiety, PTSD & PPD after Miscarriages & Infant Loss with Lynnelle Peters

    082 Anxiety, PTSD & PPD after Miscarriages & Infant Loss with Lynnelle Peters

    This week’s guest on the podcast is Lynnelle Peters. Listen in as we talk about so many things surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. Lynnelle shares her story of motherhood that includes the joy of healthy, living babies and the heartache of 2 miscarriages, 14 months of infertility and the late term loss of her son River.
    We talk about many things but maybe the most important thing we discuss is Lynnelle’s experience with anxiety, ptsd and postpartum depression -- much of what she shares in regard to this topic she is bravely sharing publicly for the first time in the hopes of bringing awareness to mental health.
    She begs listeners who may be experiencing some of what she is talking about to get help. She says: “Please, please don’t isolate yourself. I have walked that road and it is not healthy in any way. There is help and there is hope. You don’t need to be afraid. Even if you feel afraid. There is so much hope ahead for you and you are a good, good mom.”
    This topic is one of the last things we talk about and because I think it is so important, I want to encourage you to listen all the way to the end or if you are short on time, skip a bit ahead to around the 50 minute mark. 
    I am so grateful for Lynnelle bravely sharing her story. I pray that it reminds you that you are not alone. And that it’s ok to seek out help. There is absolutely no shame. In the shownotes for this episode I will be including several resources for seeking out help -- you can find the shownotes by going to themorning.com/blog/episode082
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    081 Returning to Work After Baby Loss with Rebecca Hennessy

    081 Returning to Work After Baby Loss with Rebecca Hennessy

    As our country begins to open up and people begin to head back to the workplace I thought it would be helpful to continue this conversation about heading back to work after the loss of a baby. In this episode I am talking with Rebecca Hennessy about her experience returning to full time work just 1 week after experiencing premature labor and losing her daughter at 18 weeks. Rebecca is incredibly honest and tender in this episode as we talk about why she chose to go back to work when she did, the challenges she faced, the triggers she experienced, and how she told her coworkers. She also gives helpful thoughts about how to prepare to head back to work, what she would have done differently and how to love a mom you work with who is grieving.
     
    No matter your story, and whether you plan to return to work outside of the home in the near future or ever, the rawness and tenderness of this episode is sure to remind you that you are not alone in this grief journey. 
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    • 37 min

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KatiepaulDarius ,

What a beautiful collection of stories to help thru the grief

I was just stumbling thru when I found this podcast. My days felt so dark like I would never again feel the sun so seeing the words joyful made me feel a little angry. How could I ever feel joyful? But thru listening all I heard were words remembering and HONOURING the big life changing loss. As I listened more I cried, I felt soothed by Ashlee’s quiet but strong voice. I listened more and started to believe that I too could again feel again peace. This was a huge shift for me done so gently with voices from the other side of the world. Thank you Ashlee and although I am not at joyful yet in this loss I am joyful in my ability to rise to be a parent and wife again.

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