Miscarriage & Complicated Pregnancy and Birth — 078

Oct 15

Kate Woolley and her husband didn’t anticipate all the bumps and struggles they would face when they made the decision to become parents. When their first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, a fracture was created in their communications due to the different manner in which they dealt with grief. But when Kate faced rare and challenging conditions during their second pregnancy, their bond grew stronger than ever.

When her water broke during her 16th week of pregnancy Kate was placed on home bed rest. Then at 27-weeks, she experienced such an intense bleeding that she was placed in a high-risk perinatal unit where she was told by hospital staff that she was the most complicated, naturally-conceived pregnancy they had ever experienced.

During our conversation, Kate describes the roller coaster ride of emotions she experienced on her journey to motherhood as well as the myriad of rare physical conditions she faced including a cervical cyst, a placental abruption, and vasa previa. She also shares how her business, The Noble Paperie, was born from her experiences of grief, loss, and hope.

We are so honored to share these powerful stories with you during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and hope that you share with those you love who will find comfort and connection.

In This Episode:

  • How a miscarriage created a wedge between her and her husband

  • How she approached the decision to try to get pregnant again after the miscarriage

  • How it feels to have an extended stay in the high-risk perinatal floor of a hospital

  • How a cyst on her cervix led to a placental abruption

  • How a rare occurrence of vasa previa led to a Cesarean

  • The grief of being unable to hold her baby for weeks

  • How she and her husband reconnected during their second pregnancy

  • The importance of friendship and support during her motherhood journey

  • Why there was an absence of visitors during her son’s 34-day stay in NICU

  • What it felt like to arrive home from the hospital without her baby

  • What inspired her to create The Noble Paperie

  • How to get a free 1-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful

Show Notes:

The Noble Paperie

@TheNoblePaperie on Instagram

@MotherBirth.co on Instagram

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All photographs by Hannah Mann (https://www.hannahmann.com)









About Our Guest:

In 2015, Kate Woolley experienced a miscarriage, and then a high-risk pregnancy including 40+ days of in-hospital bed rest, her son being delivered prematurely via emergency C-section, and an additional 34 days in NICU before she was able to bring him home. After these experiences, Kate wanted to support women walking through similar experiences, so she set out to design her first line of greeting cards. In 2016, The Noble Paperie was born—with cards to support women struggling through miscarriage, infertility, and other pregnancy-related issues.

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