The words and labels that you use during your family-building challenges matter. They inform what important anchor points define your story and they validate your experiences. The more you use them, the more others will follow. On this episode, I share with you why we should stop hiding from the terminology that makes us feel seen and heard so we can create a community of support around us as we go through the challenges and then heal after they're all over.
I share with you why names and labels are more important than we realize during infertility, high-risk pregnancy, in the NICU and postpartum
Why I insisted that my son's NICU team use his full gestational age and not call him a 24 weeker
A client's story of how she her mom started using her baby's name after a miscarriage when she first didn't consider a miscarriage a true loss
How a friend of mine inspires me to talk about family when you've lost babies and have babies in your arms
A client's experience of using specific fertility terminology to highlight the struggles she went through to have her perfect family
Why some loved ones can't or won't ever use the words you want them to use and what you can do about it
Which words/labels it's ok for loved ones to discourage you from using
How your story and journey are defined by and honored by the words and labels that you use and why that's important for your relationships
Your loved ones look to you to guide them on how to support you during the challenges of building a family. Use the words and labels that matter to you and your loved ones will follow.
Resources from the show...
Stop telling me to get over my grief - episode on the importance of owning your emoitons (Listen to Episode 16)
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
Resources for fertility, pregnancy, prematurity and postpartum (Check them out)
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