In this episode of The Now What Pod, guest Kristin Joseph, tells her story of infant loss. She and her husband struggled for 4 years with infertility. They went through multiple rounds of IVF, miscarriage, and infant loss, before having their rainbow baby. Kristin takes us through the stress, pain, grief associated with infant loss, and the decision to try having another baby. Kristin provides advice for those supporting somebody through infant loss, or experiencing loss themselves.
Kristin’s Story of IVF, miscarriage, and, eventually, a healthy pregnancy.
Mateo: Kristin describes Mateo’s birth, meeting him, and then saying goodbye to him.
Grief: Kristin describes the depths of her grief and the impact it had on her mental health then and now.
Deciding to have another child: Kristin talks about the decision to have another child.
Moving on or Moving through?: Kristin talks about the concept of moving forward but not moving on.
Kristin’s advice: Kristin tells our audience how people can support others going through this time.
Kristin is a Secondary Teacher in Toronto who is blessed to love her career and enjoys learning from her students every day. She and her husband Triston and the proud parents of 15 month old Greyson and angel baby Mateo.
Kristin is a survivor of infant loss and in her episode she tells the story of losing her son Mateo and how her life changed forever. It was the first time telling her story through fully, so it is raw, messy and real. She hopes that by listening to her episode, others who have experienced tragic loss and trauma will feel less alone and be empathically supported with grace and understanding.
Once people realize that they are not alone in their grief, they, like Kristin, can learn to navigate the world differently and support others in their own healing. Also, Kristin hopes that loved ones will gain an understanding of how to support bereaved parents after a traumatic loss of a child.
After Mateo passed, to honour his memory, she began to write a blog post for/about Mateo that further expands on her story and how she and her family walk through and with grief and triggers as they move forward.