A LABOUR OF LOVE

A little bit on how Mothering Your Heart came to be.

 

Support is So Essential

When you're pregnant, have a new baby, a growing child, or are in the process of trying to create your family, you're usually surrounded by advice and information.
 
It can seem like everyone has an opinion - that couple in the prenatal class, your yoga instructor, the acupuncturist your friend told you about, your doctor, your partner's mom.
 
People share, they offer support, they want to help.
 
While this can sometimes be a pain, it is also reassuring. At least you can be sure that with all of these helpers, someone must know what they're doing - there is kind of a script to follow...
 
So why, when the tragedy of infertility, baby loss or child loss happens, does the world suddenly become silent?
 
What are you supposed to do, when you are suffering so deeply and no one wants to talk about it?
 
I worked as a midwife for years and saw the same thing over and over when families experienced a loss.
 
There would be so much advice, information sharing and just 'stuff' to talk about when everything was going well, but when the unimaginable happened, this support often disappeared.
 
Families would be left to deal with the devastation alone, especially after the first few weeks.
 
I felt this absence personally as well, through years of infertility treatments, the loss of our two babies in pregnancy, and an adoption breakdown. It was really hard to find support, even when I knew what I was looking for.
 
Access to compassionate support makes such a difference in how people are able to cope with their grief.
 
After years spent listening to families around their experiences with grief, loss and love, I created Mothering Your Heart to help fill the gaps.

On this site you'll find accessible online workshops, guides, resources and a monthly support program that you can go through from home or anywhere you find yourself.

You'll also find here the Mothering Your Heart community. Each of us has gone through our own heartbreak and is coping in our own way.

Together we shine a powerful light and help each other through the darker times.

With a focus on kindness and compassion you can feel that, although your experience is unique, you are not alone.

We're here as you figure out how to take your next steps.

Thank you for taking this time for yourself.

You're invited to explore the site to learn more.

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Welcome to Mothering Your Heart

This space is the result of great love, great loss and the desire to help fill the gaps in support that often exist after these devastating losses.

I'm Shannon Norberg, and I'm glad to meet you here although I always say I wish we were meeting under different circumstances.

I've worked with women and families for over 25 years, first as a doula and then as a midwife and health policy director. Mothering Your Heart is my labour of love, created to provide a layer of support for grieving families.

I've had the honour of working with hundreds of families as they realized their hopes and dreams, and have walked with them through the deepest heartbreak and sorrow. 

Through midwifery I was introduced to that place between worlds where little souls come from the great beyond, usually staying for a good long time but sometimes – as you know too well if you've found this site – they aren’t able to join their parents here on earth or they leave far too soon.

Baby loss, child loss and infertility are completely life changing events.

Sadly I've seen time and time again how hard it can be for families to find appropriate support.

I've blended my experience as a midwife with certification through the MISS Foundation as a Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider, training with the Creative Grief Studio, and as a trauma informed yoga and meditation instructor to help families after their losses.

I've seen - and felt - what a difference adequate support and an understanding community can make.

You'll find space here to explore your love and the grief you're experiencing for your longed-for little ones (whether or not you ever got to meet here on earth) while tending to your own hurting heart.

In honour of your missing beloved and the journey you've been through, this space is for you and you're welcome here just as you are.

Please contact me anytime, you'll find my email address below.

xo Shannon

Send me a message anytime, I would love to hear from you.

Please use this form to send in any questions or comments you have, or you can email me directly at [email protected]

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