ABOUT MOTHERING YOUR HEART

COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT AFTER INFERTILITY, BABY + CHILD LOSS 

 

A Labour of Love

I created Mothering Your Heart to improve access to compassionate grief support for families struggling after infertility, miscarriage, baby and child loss.

My name is Shannon Norberg and I am honoured to meet you here.

This space is the result of great love, great loss and a wish to offer an opportunity for hurting hearts to explore the grief, the pain, the love and everything in between that happens when we go through these devastating experiences.

I have worked with families for over half my life, first as a doula and then as a midwife. The first birth I attended was that of a sweet, long-lashed boy who somehow turns 24 this year.

This baby's birth led me to become a midwife. I was privileged to work with hundreds of beautiful families through their hopes and dreams, as well as their 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 likely know too well if you have 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 have seen time and time again how hard it can be for families in these circumstances to find appropriate support.

I have blended my midwifery training with certification through the MISS Foundation as a Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider and training with the wonderful Creative Grief Studio, focusing on healthy grief and the importance of support after loss.

You will find space here to explore your love and grief for your missing and longed for child or children, whether or not you ever got to meet here on earth, while tending to your own hurting heart.

In honour of all the babies not in our arms, and the acknowledgment that we did not expect our lives to lead us here (yet here we are),

Welcome to Mothering Your Heart

The Sparks that Started It All

If you would like a little more background please read on, or visit the menu above to continue exploring the site.

My journey to create Mothering Your Heart began after I lost my two precious babies in pregnancy. I forever hold in my heart the sweet what-ifs, knowing that in another life they would have turned 14 and 15 this year. I still miss them every day.

These heartbreaks were followed by years of infertility treatments and a long awaited adoption of three beautiful girls.

We were over the moon to finally become parents after over a decade of trying to create our family, but the adoption fell apart shortly before it was finalized. This devastating loss ended our last attempt at parenthood and for myself nearly a year of being called by that blissful word “mommy”.

I could never have imagined the intensity of the grief that followed. 

If you have read this far you likely know this intensity far too well.

In my work as a midwife I have seen over and over again how hard it can be for people to find adequate support after a loss. After witnessing this challenge both personally and professionally I decided to focus my efforts on creating supports that are practical, compassionate, respectful and accessible no matter where you live.

I have learned that when we are surrounded by love and community, we can do the deep work of opening our heart and holding our experience with compassion.  

You have a universe of wisdom inside your own heart, just waiting to share with you all that you already know.

As you open to it, it can show you what you need, how to keep going, to keep breathing, to honour your process and remember what matters, that all of this pain comes from great love, and it is this very same love that will guide your way.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

Find out more about the Mothering Your Heart online support programs here.

I would love to hear from you.

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