Today’s guest blog by Stacey Porter, founder of the Tangerine Owl Project, discusses maternal mental health after the loss of a child. I have found these last three years to be particularly trying in terms of rebalancing my life. Three years ago I lost an infant daughter who was born at 25 weeks gestation due […]
About Stacey Porter
Stacey is the founder of The Tangerine Owl Project, an Evanston based 501c3 non-profit devoted to supporting families who have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and those who have suffered the devastating loss of a child. She started the organization in 2013, one year after experiencing her own loss of a premature infant daughter due to complications from severe preeclampsia. Stacey has become invested in aiding these families and advocacy efforts around community education in areas of preeclampsia awareness, maternal mental health, traumatic birth, and grief of bereaved parents. She is active with a number of organizations surrounding maternal and perinatal care outside of Tangerine Owl, including sitting on the Preeclampsia Foundation’s Patient Advisory Council and acting as a support group facilitator for the MISS Foundation. Currently, Stacey is working on certifying as a doula, and will work exclusively with women who have high-risk pregnancies and those whose babies are given fatal diagnoses in utero or short-term life expectancies. A lifelong Illinois resident, Stacey received her degree in Human Development and Family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After spending over a decade in Champaign, her and her husband and two school-aged children moved to the North Shore in 2012.
Today’s special guest blog by Stacey Porter, President and Founder of The Tangerine Owl Project, puts words around the indescribable event of losing a child and how she rebuilt her life with her family. It’s the world you never imagined you’d have to live in as a parent. The world where you wake up and […]