From the moment you begin searching online for the early symptoms of pregnancy, it's clear that the internet is going to be one of the tools that you use to find information about topics that are really personal to you on this journey. That said, I vividly remember the first time I searched for resources regarding miscarriage online.
Oh how unhelpful those first searches are!
If you even know what
to search for...you might instantly regret doing it because you have to wade through
the long lists of baby and maternity ads brought up by bad search results.
But where are all the Catholic resources and support for what to expect, what to consider, and what the church teaches on the topic?
When you are experiencing the loss of a child, the last thing you need
be doing is spending nervous energy yelling at G.oogle for not returning
helpful results on what liturgy can be used to memorialize your child.
Or what to expect in the hospital during an ectopic pregnancy and the
The same can be said for the search for a good doctor to help in a difficult situation. That's what motivated me to compile this resource list. Having information at your fingertips on these kinds of topics when you need it is priceless.
Please consider sharing this with anyone who may be in need of Catholic resources on the topics of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth. Keep in mind that people do not talk about this much, so just posting this on your face.book page, or tweeting it will bring visibility to people who need the information, but might never have asked you (or known where to find it). You can use the button at the top of this page to post or pin it somewhere else and link back to it, if you like. None of us can take away the pain of illness,
infertility, or loss - but we can make the burdens a little lighter in
times of need by making information and help a little easier to find.
Main topics currently covered on this Resources Tab (which now has a permanent link at the top of this blog):
I. NaPro Doctor Locator
I. The Importance of Progesterone in Pregnancy
II. Liturgies, Memorials, and Church Teaching on Miscarriage
III. Ethics Regarding Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Ectopic Pregnancy
IV. Statistics and Research
V. Books on Pregnancy Loss
VI. Books for Talking to Children about a Lost Sibling
VII. During Miscarriage
VIII. Memorials and Shrines for Your Child
IV. Goods and Gifts for Those Who Lost a Child
X. Prayers and Novenas for Fertility, Miscarriage, and Pregnancy
XI. Saints for Intercession Related to Miscarriage and Infertility
XII. Scripture for Understanding, Comfort, Meditation, and Healing
XIII. Articles, Blogs, and Media
XIV. Specifically Regarding Men and Miscarriage
P.S. Since it wasn't available on the Fer.tility.Care website (and because I'm constantly answering the questions about who practices where), yes, I really did put all of the NaPro doctors and their contact information on a sharable Google map.