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The Colette Gazette - June 25, 2021





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The Colette Gazette - June 25, 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,
Deciding to start and run this foundation was not an easy decision and I knew that there would be triggers reading stories that were similar to ours, stories about babies born at the same time or even earlier than Colette who lived, and all. Every story we hear is heartbreaking, but there are so many that really impact you on another level.
This past week, when we reviewed applications as we usually do, we were drained. It seemed like every application was worse than the one before it and all of them had other complications besides the crisis that led them to us. We read about a mom who travels back and forth two hours one-way to see her child because that is the closest NICU for her child’s needs in the area. We read about an underage mom who was denied access to free housing for hospital parents because she was under 18, forcing her to pay for a hotel room in order to be close to her child. We read about a family where domestic violence has caused grave injury to mom and also resulted in the premature birth and NICU stay for child.
The stories were tough, but what was even tougher was that the need was so much greater than what we could provide and continue to provide in the future. In sum, we reviewed 13 applications with a total request of $25,000. We were able to cover $7,000 from our resources, which is above the normal $5,000 total per week that we give away. Thanks to a generous grant from Prolacta Bioscience Foundation, we covered another $4,000. But, that meant that $13,000 did not get covered. And that hurts.
So, with that in mind, we are launching a donation drive to create a special fund for these types of cases–the ones that have added complications and difficulties. Our goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of July and we know we can do it, but only with your help! No donation is too small (or too large). If you’re able to, please contribute. 100% of donations go to our financial assistance fund to help families in crisis due to high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy complications, NICU stays, or loss.
Thanks so much!

What We're Doing
We helped families in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Ohio.
Save the Date
Mark your calendars for July 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a group fitness class/challenge to raise money for our financial assistance fund. Led by Kat Hermina, our themed “Gym Class” will lead participants through several different challenges in a fun way to workout and have fun! This will be held outdoors in Northbrook, with an in case of rain or inclement weather indoor option. Tickets will be $20 and raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the night. If you’re interested, please contact us and we can give further details
What We're Reading
Infertility: 16 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman Who Is Childless But Not By Choice | HuffPost
5 Skills You Gain as a Stay-At-Home Mom - Postpartum Together: Marriage & Motherhood
IVF is Cost-Prohibitive for Far Too Many Black & Brown Families-These Orgs Are Changing That | Parents
The Dad-Joke Doctrine
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Prematurity, NICU, and Life After: Answering All Your Questions with Preemie/NICU mom Ali Dunn
Friday Five: Five Most Common Types of Picky Eaters – The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation
Friday Five: Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting IVF – The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation
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The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation on Twitter: "New #mothers of color experience #postpartum #mood #disorders at 2x rate (38%) of white mothers, with up to half of them not receiving #support or #treatment. #colettelouisetisdahl #cltfoundation #perinatalmooddisorders #postpartumdepression #mentalhealth #postpartumanxiety"
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Our Writings
Parenting After Loss: Lessons Learned and Lessons Causing Struggles - Pregnancy After Loss Support
How We're Feeling
Ways to Help
Donate to our special fundraiser to raise funds for family’s needs with our financial assistance fund. We are looking to raise $15,000 by the end of July. No donation is too small (or too big!). If you have a special idea or want to host a fundraiser, contact us.
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