If you didn't know, October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month. In observance of Pregnancy Awareness Month we were introduced to Jeanne Faulkner and her new book, Common Sense Pregnancy--Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth for Mother and Baby. Faulkner, is a registered nurse with 25 years experience in women’s and maternal health and Senior Writer/RN/Maternal Health Educator for Every Mother Counts (global maternal health advocacy non-profit founded by Christy Turlington Burns – who wrote the foreword for her book).
Faulkner, a registered nurse who worked for 20 years in labor and delivery, Faulkner has been at the bedside when mothers have delivered their stillborn babies. She dedicated a section of her book to address this sad situation and offers reassuring information about the rarity of this tragedy and tips for how to help someone who has lost a baby to stillbirth, SIDS or miscarriage.
Additonally, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Faulkner was diagnosed with BC three months after her youngest daughter was born, 15 years ago. Faulkner writes a little about it in her book, particularly in the breast versus bottle feeding chapter to illustrate why women should never judge the choices mothers make. Faulkner offers reassurance that life and parenting after a lousy diagnosis can be transformational, as long as you don’t focus on the bad news.