Sherokee Ilse, Author at TheTot
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Sherokee  Ilse

Author, International speaker, grief and loss trainer, and bereaved parent

Author, International speaker, grief and loss trainer, and bereaved parent

Sherokee had three babies who died too soon (Marama – early miscarriage, Brennan – full term stillborn son, and an ectopic pregnancy – Bryna) along with two living sons.  She is the author of 18 books and booklets mostly on the subject of early losses and healing, including her first and most popular self-help book for parents and families, Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death and a co-authored book on miscarriage (Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream).
 
One of the early experts on baby loss (also known as perinatal loss), Ilse is one of the founders of a national non-profit pregnancy and infant loss center which co-lead the drive resulting in October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Her passion, over the past three decades, to enhance the care parents receive, results in speaking at thousands of programs in the US and internationally.  Some of the primary goals are: raising awareness and understanding for those who have a baby die of any gestation or age, working to improve the care they receive at the time of their loss and afterwards, and teaching care providers how to offer a ‘gold standard’ of care to each family.  Through her organization, Loss Doulas International and Baby Loss Family advisors, she trains and helps certify individuals to become companions, advisors, guides, and navigators to families soon after hearing the bad news, through their process of preparation and meeting their baby, and beyond.  Maximizing memories, minimizing regrets and honoring each precious baby who dies is the focus of the compassionate care each family receives from these ‘Loss Advisors/Loss Doulas.’
 
In addition, Ms. Ilse works with individuals and organizations who seek to determine causes of miscarriage and stillbirth and reduce the incidence.
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