In Honor of Upcoming National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Praeclarus Press Announces the Release of aNew Memoir of Infant Loss: In the Shade of Ava's Tree

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October 15th is recognized annually as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. In the Shade of Ava's Tree is story of a mother who lost her baby and almost her own life to HELLP syndrome, her long recovery, and the birth of her second daughter.

In the Shade of Ava's Tree by Melissa Krawecki

In the Shade of Ava's Tree by Melissa Krawecki

Melissa's story teaches invaluable lessons to partners, families and caregivers about how to truly hold space during a time when survival for the grieving parents after the death of their child seems rather unlikely nor surmountable or desirable.

Each year in the United States on October 15th, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed. It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy and infant loss including miscarriage, still birth, SIDS or the death of a newborn. Families who experience this level of devastation are in need of support and guidance as they move through their extreme grief. Praeclarus Press is grateful to Melissa Krawecki for sharing her story of infant loss in her moving memoir, In the Shade of Ava's Tree: Surviving HELLP, Stillbirth, and Rebirth.

In 2011, Melissa Krawecki and her husband, Matthew, were happily expecting their first baby. Late in her pregnancy, Melissa began to feel unwell. Unknown to both Melissa and her care providers, she had HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening complications of pregnancy. HELLP lead to the loss of her first child, Ava, and almost the loss of her own life. In this gripping tale, Melissa describes her experience and the lessons she learned along the way.

Dr. Jodi Hall, birth worker and founder A Safe Passage: Supporting Survivors of Trauma through the Transition to Parenting praises Krawecki's work. "From the first sentence, I was gripped by the power of Melissa's narrative tone, and her ability to pull me inside an experience no one willingly wants to enter. As a birth worker and counselor, I've witnessed the experience of loss in the lives of pregnant and parenting people, but never have I felt as close to the vantage point of a grieving mother as Melissa was able to provide me. Swept along with Melissa through the heart-wrenching medical processes she endured in addition to the death of dear Ava, evoked in me feelings of anger, pain, grief, violation, and unexpectedly, hope. As the narrative unfolds, Melissa's story teaches invaluable lessons to partners, families and caregivers about how to truly hold space during a time when survival for the grieving parents after the death of their child seems rather unlikely nor surmountable or desirable. I connected as a woman, mother, birth worker, and as a fellow human being to the unspeakable pain caused by the injustice of ripped-away-dreams, and yet was able to find peace in the remarkable notion that in time, we may make sense of a new normal, under the shade of our own "Ava's Tree."

For more information on In the Shade of Ava's Tree or to order online, please visit the Praeclarus Press webstore.

Melissa Krawecki is a wife, blogger, mother and HELLP syndrome survivor. She is an accomplished speaker committed to educating professionals on supporting families through infant loss, trauma and pregnancy after loss. Melissa resides in Ontario with her husband Matthew and their daughter Lillian, remembering Ava always.
Praeclarus Press is a small press founded by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA and specializes in women’s health. It features books, webinars, and products that support women's health throughout their lifespan. Based in Amarillo, Texas, the mission of Praeclarus Press is to produce materials that change women’s lives.

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