These Marks by Anonymous

About this Piece: These marks, these scars I now bear… They tell of a place my babies grew, they tell of the love I have for my fiancée and the love I have for my children. They also tell a story of hope after heartache and a reminder of loss. I was once naive to [...]

The Scar Reminds Me by Amy Fessler

About this Piece: My first and only pregnancy (and subsequent loss) has left me scarred – but also healing – both physically and emotionally.  At 22 weeks, I unexpectedly had an aortic dissection and needed emergency heart surgery to replace my aortic valve.  Our daughter was 2 weeks too early for viability, and so she quietly [...]

Before and After by Emily Geering

Life is now divided. There was the time before our daughter, Charlie, was born sleeping at forty weeks of age. And the period which followed. I’m certain most bereaved parents would echo that such gut-wrenching loss is life-changing. I’m also sure that would come as no surprise to those fortunate to have never experienced such [...]

Doves of Peace – Photography by Hannah Mullins

    About This Piece: Our second son, Asher, was stillborn at 35 weeks on 11/01/2012. The first night home from the hospital without him was so hard. My husband Brian and I decided to go and lay out the front of our house and look up at the stars. We were so heartbroken. We [...]

Peaceful Wishes by Erin Martin

Artist Statement: When I look at this photograph, I feel my whole body relax.  It reminds me of a time when things were simple and full of hope.  It makes me think of blowing on dandelions as a child and making wishes that I genuinely believed would come true.  It allows me to forget about [...]

FALL/WINTER 2012 COVER IMAGE: “Finding Peace,” by Joanne Watkinson

About this piece: It is a picture of my husband and daughter, one month after the stillbirth of our son, Zach. We flew from the United Kingdom to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for a weeks vacation. In this time, we were able to reflect on everything that had happened, and when we visited the [...]

“Belief: Before and After,” by Amy McCarter

Artist Statement: I wrote both of these pieces in 2011, just a few months apart from one another. “Just Believe” (found on the left side of the screen) was written as I was bottoming out emotionally after years of grieving my son, suffering through unexpected secondary infertility, and two years on a disappointing adoption journey. [...]

“Self-Portraits After Miscarriage” by Nicole Breit

                All Images Credit: Nicole Breit Artist’s Statement On Mother’s Day 2009, I miscarried a baby that was very loved and wanted. It was my third miscarriage, and a devastating loss for me. I dealt with the loss, in part, by researching contemporary art that had been created [...]

Summer Issue – Change featuring “Bloom,” by Stephanie Dyer

Welcome to the late Summer 2012 issue of Exhale. Our theme for this issue is Change. Over the next several weeks we will be sharing unique voices from the adoption, loss and infertility communities that expand on this theme through powerful essays, poetry, fiction and works of art. Our cover image for this issue is [...]

“Carnival” Watercolor by Angie M. Yingst

About this piece:   “I have painted the image of myself in a hospital gown holding my stillborn daughter Lucia a few times, exploring it in different capacities and settings. Standing in the midst of a grey field. Another time in the sketchbook project.  It is a moment in time that seems frozen. In the [...]