I am so excited about this project. I have been tossing around this idea probably for the last two months, but I finally decided that it is time to take action.
Several days after Emily died I went online trying to find other women who had suffered a similar loss to me. What I found was a whole community of women (and some men) supporting each other through their grief.
One of the first sites I came across was the Infant Loss Blog Directory. It was on this site that I found several blogs that offered some tremendous healing to me. Letting me know I was not alone and that there are women out there who understand my grief and pain.
I have decided to start a new directory. When I first started thinking about this project I had hoped to join the team of women who had been working on the previous directory, but my vision of the directory has changed and I feel that with the current directory I cannot fully realize my vision. I plan to include a link to the original directory, since there are a lot of helpful resources and a large database of blogs, but this directory will hopefully have more new and active blogs on it.
So with out more words I would like to share that vision with you...
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Blog Directory
I spent a lot of time and spoke with several people regarding the title. The acronym PAIL fits very nicely with the title and I will often use PAIL when talking about the directory. It is in the beginning stages right now and in not open for public view right now. I hope to have the directory live with in a few weeks.
One of the reasons I am sharing this now on my blog is that I would like to start building the directory before it goes live. This is where you all come in:
I would love to have you begin to start submitting your blogs to be added to the directory and if you would please pass on this information to any other BLM. You can link back to this post, or if you would even blog about it for me.
I want to have permission to add each blog to the new directory, so while I could just start adding blog I know about I would like to go about it a bit differently.
I also want to do an "In Memory" post each month, remembering our children who have died so I am requesting information from each, mom, dad or even grandparent that submits a blog (if they want to).
To have your blog added to the directory please send an e-mail to email@example.com
In your e-mail please include the following information:
- Your name - (first name only is perfectly fine)
- Your child(ren)'s names
- Birth date
- Death date
- Name of your blog
- The blog address
- Category you would like your blog to appear under. (See below for categories, please only pick one)
- Please also include if you discuss TTC or living children in your blog. We want to be sensitive to others who may not want to read about living children or TTC. Your blog will have a (*) after it to signify this.
Pregnancy loss before 20 weeks
Stillbirth and other loss: 20 weeks to full term
Loss at Birth and Beyond
Blogs written from the grandparent(s) perspective
Blogs written from the father's perspective
In Memory Blog ~ in support of other baby loss moms and dads
I want to thank you all in advance for supporting me in the project. I promise that as soon as I take the directory live I will post it here on my blog.