Michelle Van Benthem

Wife, mom, and teacher, Michelle Van Benthem strives to find that perfect balance between these important roles while also taking care of herself. Having experienced a twin pregnancy, stillbirth, a NICU baby, and now a pandemic pregnancy, Michelle hopes to be a relatable voice to the moms who haven’t had “normal” pregnancy and parenting experiences.

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Empty Car Seats: A Mother’s Story of Loss

Going home from the hospital with an empty car seat in the back of the car is an experience no mom wants. Here, one mom shares her story.

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Just Because I Lost My Baby Doesn’t Mean I’m Not a Mother

Is a mother not a mother when she loses the baby? I'm here to tell you no. I lost my baby, but it doesn't mean I'm not a mother. Here's why.

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A Mother’s Letter to Her NICU Babies

Having a baby in the NICU is never an easy thing for any mother. Here, one mother shares her heartfelt letter to her NICU babies.

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How to Support a Grieving Mother on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day can be especially difficult for women who have lost a child. Here are some ways you can support a grieving mother.

Rear view of woman at home staring through the window holding a cup of tea.

Just Because I Lost My Baby Doesn’t Mean I’m Not a Mother

Is a mother not a mother when she loses the baby? I'm here to tell you no. I lost my baby, but it doesn't mean I'm not a mother. Here's why.

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Gifts to Give a Grieving Mother

It can be difficult to know what to say or do when a friend loses a child. Here are some gifts you may consider giving to a grieving mother.

Newborn baby girl inside incubator in hospital post delivery room

A Mother’s Letter to Her NICU Babies

Having a baby in the NICU is never an easy thing for any mother. Here, one mother shares her heartfelt letter to her NICU babies.

Side shot on the car seats for children mounted in a minivan.

Empty Car Seats: A Mother’s Story of Loss

Going home from the hospital with an empty car seat in the back of the car is an experience no mom wants. Here, one mom shares her story.