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The Colette Gazette - April 16, 2021

The Colette Gazette
The Colette Gazette - April 16, 2021
The mission of The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation is to improve outcomes of pregnancy, childbirth, prematurity, and infancy, as well as aid in the grieving process through financial assistance, education, and advocacy
Dear Friend,
Today marks the end of Black Maternal Health Week, a time to focus on racial disparities that affect moms’ lives. This year, we saw the first ever presidential declaration of this week as well as plans to address these disparities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have data to show that black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than white women. Even more disturbing is that two out of three of these deaths are preventable. The House Appropriations committee held a session on maternal mortality this week and you can watch that here.
On a personal note, Mark and I both got the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. I was surprised at just how emotional I got when I was getting my shot. It wasn’t pain, it wasn’t worrying over reactions, but just mourning a year plus of missed events and milestones, those who died from this terrible disease, and the loss of hope and feeling of dread and despair this has all brought up. I also mourned that we could not have a normal process of a newborn coming home, something that was robbed of us during Colette’s pregnancy and delivery, which involved an emergency c-section and Colette going directly to NICU. One thing that we had wanted was when bringing home Colette’s younger sibling, to feel like it was at least somewhat close to the ideal experience we imagined before Colette was born. Being robbed of that due to Covid and of the normal first nine months (and probably longer) is tough.
We have also been busy with non-vaccine issues. I wrote a Friday Five about the lessons learned after losing Colette, which was both easy and extremely difficult to write. You can check it out here and if you are interested in writing a Friday Five, please contact me. I also was interviewed for the Limitless Pregnancy podcast, squeezing myself into a small closet to participate. We also got to participate in the Baby Loss Project, with me being interviewed about losing Colette and Sweet Pea and the grieving process and then having a family photo taken of us with our Coco bear to represent Colette as a member of our family. I can’t wait to see the pictures, especially because once again, as he has done in every photo, Elliott reached out on his own and held Coco bear’s hand. It makes me so happy and sad at the same time to know that even though they never met, they remain connected as siblings.
In other news, the Greater Chicago Association of Neonatal Nurses will be hosting a virtual yoga event on April 27 and have chosen us to be their charity partner! It is open to non members so if you are interested, sign up.
We are on a short break from taking applications to allow us some time to catch up and to finish out paperwork and other behind the scenes work for the quarter. We will reopen applications on April 21. In the meantime, we are doing a lot of spring cleaning and are planning to have an online silent auction during the month of May to include some of the goodies we are clearing out. More information will follow.
Wishing you a great couple of weeks and as always, thanks for listening, supporting, donating, and sharing!

What We're Doing
We have been hard at work catching up and closing out cases. Since our last issue, we have helped families in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, and South Carolina. To date, we have helped a total of 605 families!
What We're Reading
  1. We love the idea of more focused parenting, parenting that does not involve comparing yourself and your children to others. This article looks at 15 things to give up in order to become a better parent.
  2. Adoption is just one of the many ways to become a parent, but it does not reduce what a parent is. It is so wonderful that celebrites like Sandra Bullock are asking to stop calling them adopted children.
  3. To learn more about the black maternal health crisis and the proclamation of the week, you can read this or this.
In case you missed it...
Our most clicked link from last issue was one of our Friday Five pieces about five things to know about The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation.
Also one of our most clicked links on social media was this picture of Michelle squeezed into a front hall closet to tape her appearance on the Limitless Pregnancy podcast.
How We're Feeling
Shoutouts and welcome to our new subscribers, those who signed up during the 2020 Mom Maternal Mental Health Forum and those who signed up during the month of April! As a reminder, if you know anyone who would enjoy this newsletter, if they subscribe before May 1, we will donate $5.23 to our financial assistance fund for every person who signs up!
Shoutout to Me Too Books and Motherhood Understood for featuring us on their platforms! Check out the website and social media for these two incredible women and the work they do.
Ways to Help
We are growing and always looking for help. If you know anyone interested in donating, fundraising, partnerships, sponsorships, etc., please send them our way. Contact Michelle by replying to this email or emailing her directly.
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