A Journey Through Infertility & Miscarriage
Jill Kawchak always wanted to be a mom but the pathway to parenthood was fraught with surprises (both wonderful and painful). In this episode, Jill shares her story and provides insights for those on a similar road.

Jill is a mama to one amazing little girl and one very troublesome yellow Lab, and a wife to a truly good man. Jill lives in Cochrane, where she homeschools her daughter and reaches out to others (online and over a cup of tea) who are experiencing infertility and miscarriage. A follower of Jesus, she tries, fails, and tries again to seek Him first. 

Resources for individuals or families navigating infertility, miscarriages or baby loss

  1. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for Calgary at Foothills Medical Centre.
  2. Sacred Nest: a berevement doula (the only one Jill found when searching in Calgary, although she hasn't made contact with her).
  3. After Your Miscarriage: an absolute wealth of information should anyone be experiencing a miscarriage. From Alberta Health.
  4. SIDS Calgary: Jill has heard from people that they are wonderful.
  5. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: an organization that can put bereved parents in contact with a photographer to come and take pictures of their precious moments with their baby who is about to, or has passed, as a free gift to them to treasure forever.
  6. Fertility Matters: a great Canadian resource for all things infertility in the Great White North. They have great blog posts, as well as a fountain of information pertinent to Canadians.
  7. Foothills Hospital's Memory Box program: a free memory box given to those who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth to help heal after pregnancy loss.
  8. Calgary Walk To Remember: an annual walk in honour of babies gone too soon; lost to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS. This year's walk happens on September 14, 2019.
  9. October 15 is Miscarriage and Baby Loss Remembrance Day around the world. This link provides ways to participate in Canada.
  10. Still Standing Magazine: an online magazine written by those who have been through miscarriage, still birth, infertility, baby loss, and the loss of a child.
If you would like to connect further with Jill, please contact Wendy at the church office.
If you're interested, you can read an article Jill recently wrote for our website: Without Children on Mother's Day.