A Baby Book and Journal for Miscarriage and Stillbirth
It's simplicity and invitation to journal provoke deep thought and offer a safe space to write down what so many of us who've experienced a perinatal loss only carry in our hearts. I wept as I read the quotes - I absolutely love them. I realized that I rarely if ever allow myself to grieve the loss of my first child. What a beautiful gift created for women (and their partners) - not only does it encourage reflection and remembrance, it affirms the process.
With My Soul to Keep, Ms. Semonco is drawing much-needed attention to an often-overlooked aspect of perinatal mental health: When the existential bookends of life - birth and death - come crashing together in the loss of a baby. The exercises, information, and heart in this workbook are thoughtful and speak directly to the need for these struggling parents to give voice to the common issues and concerns that so many parents of loss struggle with.
Dr. Daniel Singley,
Psychologist and Director of The Center of Men's Excellence in
San Diego, CA.
Anna became familiar with miscarriages as a teenager, learning about her mother's and aunt's through overheard conversations before having one herself in her early twenties. In 1989, at twenty-four weeks, Anna suffered a stillbirth with her second child. Since then, she has raised two children, become a proud baba, and remarried a man who once experienced the same. Over the years she has witnessed the effects of miscarriages through friends, family, and even her own son. Compelled to give parents a place to remember their child and acknowledge their loss, My Soul to Keep is a project years in the making. During COVID-19, forced quarantine brought it to life. Anna, a business development director by profession, and her husband, both originally from West Virginia, value church and family, share a love for wine and travel, and currently reside in Lafayette, Virginia, with a cat they can't trust.