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
Hope your April has been good for you! We have been busy and May is looking busy as well. We took a short, but very necessary break from applications and returned last week and are back in the swing of things.
I am so excited that Nina Chicago
, which is my favorite local yarn shop in the area, has created an event, Baby Blankets for a Cause
, with 10% of sales of specific yarns until May 15 donated to our financial assistance fund. Yarn does not have to be used to make a baby blanket. There is also a free make a long that will meet virtually on May 1, 8, and 15 for knitting, crocheting, or general dialog. I will be participating and answering questions about the foundation, my experiences, and anything else! Shop
for yarn and/or join us
for the make a long!
In May, we have video education conversations with Ali Lazar
on baby and child sleep, with Amanda Hahn
on maternal mental health, and with Brianna Towne on nutrition with a focus on recovery after loss. We would love to hear your questions to include these. Submit questions here
We are also looking for writers for our Friday Five
series and our video education presentations on the following broad topics: parenting, pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, children’s health, maternal mental health, children’s mental health, child loss, infertility. If you are interested, send me an email
a chat with me!
We have also been spring cleaning, something that I love. I hate clutter and feel so free when things are cleared out and feel fresh and new. With that in mind, we are hosting an online silent auction
featuring donated items that we were not able to use for our Brunch Bowl, which was postponed due to Covid. The auction
will run from May 8 to May 31, which represents our journey with Colette, from the day I was hospitalized with severe preeclampsia to the day Colette gained her angel wings. It also includes the two miscarriages I had with Sweet Pea, on May 12 and May 17. And of course, it is the month in which we celebrate International Bereaved Mother’s Day
on May 2 and Mother’s Day
in the United States on May 9.
But, before we close out April, remember that today is the last day where signing up for this newsletter means a donation of $5.23 to our financial assistance program
. Welcome to all the new subscribers! We have already raised more than $100, but would love to raise even more. Invite friends, family, colleagues, and more to sign up here
Wishing you all the best!