Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yasminah's Gift Of Hope - a new charity I am supporting

Yasminah’s Gift of Hope is the new charity I will be supporting by donating 25% of my royalties from my book 26 Ingredients. They are such a worthy cause helping parents through what I can only imagine to be one of the most emotional and hardest times of their life.

Rebecca, the founder of Yasminah's Gift of Hope has personally experienced stillbirth and premature birth. I am so amazed at her strength and compassion for others to do something like this. I am so happy to be able to support her.

Yasminah's Gift of Hope provides journals for those who are dealing with a stillbirth or premature birth. They are also raising awareness of it and providing help and support to families.

Here’s what they say on their about page

Thank you for taking the time to visit and support us.

I have personally experienced Stillbirth and Premature Birth.

My first child my little boy Zachariah was 6 years in the making. After struggling to fall pregnant I was finally diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. We explored our options and decided to approach everything as naturally as possible and avoid invasive procedures. We found a wonderful natropath who got everything into order and we finally saw those wonderful two pink lines 9 months after starting treatment. I had a trouble free pregnancy and delivered our not so little 4.025kg boy at 41+2 weeks gestation by emergency caesarian after 21 hours in labour. I never realized how close we came to loosing our son but since this experience my eyes have been opened.

My second child my beautiful little girl Yasminah Ann, was a natural miracle but sadly she was stillborn at 37+4 weeks gestation on the 26th March 2009. It is still difficult for me to 'talk' about Yasminah. But when I write, my thoughts, feelings, emotions & memories flow freely. I wrote alot when she was born still. I wanted to 'talk' about her to anyone who wanted to listen. And writing was my way of 'talking'.

"The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. Anais nin"

After our loss we were blessed to fall naturally pregnant very soon after with twins which came as a wonderful suprise. I had a very complicated pregnancy. I was monitored very closely due to my medical history by a wonderful team of Doctors and Midwifes. Then at 28 weeks the twins developed Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Every day was a gift. At 31+5 weeks gestation I had an emergency caesarian, my girls were born 8 weeks & 2 days premature. They were both rushed away to Intensive Care. I didn't get to touch or hold my babies like most mothers do. On the 3rd day of their stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit we were given two "Memory Books" from the Westmead Hospital Centre for Newborn Care. They were simple plain exercise books covered in matching teddy bear paper and clear contact. Inside were blank pages. The front page read:

Darling "little" Aisha and Aaliyah

This Journal is a personal record of the beginning of your precious early lives.

We hope the memories it provides will act as a reminder of how loved you are by your parents, family and friends.

So I started writing down as much as I could of our twins journey through the neonatal intensive care unit. I wrote about their day to day progress, visitors and also my thoughts and feelings at the time. I used it as a place to keep my memories - photos, cards, photo therapy glasses, arm bands etc. Aisha spent 30 and Aaliyah spent 31 days in the centre for newborn care. Three weeks was in intensive care and their final week in special care before coming home. During this time we had many up's and down's. My journal was my constant travel companion between hospital and home. The journey wasn't easy but it was worth every moment. It is now a wonderful reminder of everything that we have been through and how far Aisha and Aaliyah have come in such a short space of time.

Then the idea of Yasminah's Gift Of Hope was born........

I have always wanted to do 'something' to raise awareness in the community about this whole other world that isn't spoken about "the elephant in the room". I also wanted to help other parents. Parents who also face a premature birth, neonatal death or stillbirth. It is a life changing experience

1 in 4 pregnancies in Australia ends in miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

So it just seemed a natural development to use my love of writing, arts, crafts and scrap booking to create unique journals for families to record precious memories and their own journey. I have always had a journal at some stage in my life. Even as a child I had a diary. I have a special journal of loved ones who I have lost over the years that began after the passing of my grandfather to help me deal with my grief. When I fell pregnant with Zachariah I kept a journal of the pregnancy. I have also created several scrapbooks, my favourite one is Yasminah's. Throughout Zachariah's, Yasminah's and Aisha and Aaliyah's pregnancies I found support through writing on online forum's.

Yasminah's Gift Of Hope Journals are unique, one of a kind, just like every child is unique, one of a kind.

"Life: It is about the gift not the package it comes in." Dennis P. Costea, Jr

I have had alot of wonderful people support me and my family during these difficult times in my life. Now it's my turn to give something back. If you are still reading I appreciate your support. You may be a friend, personally going through your own journey in NICU or had your heart broken through neonatal death or stillbirth. My heart reaches out to you, your family and friends at this difficult time.

Offering you Hope, Light, Love & Happiness

Find Hope to keep you strong...
Find Light to lead the way...
Find Love all around you...
And Happiness one day...

Please help support this wonderful cause. You can follow them on facebook by clicking here. Follow them, so your friends can support them to and spread the word!


  1. That’s a wonderful cause for you to be supporting. I’m your newest follower and following Yasminah's Gift Of Hope on Facebook.

  2. Looks like a wonderful cause! Very interesting site you have here. Glad you came by my site, I'm a new follower here as well!

  3. I will follow Yasminah's Gift of Hope on FB. Thank you for following me. I'm following you back now!

  4. I'm following you back from the blog hop. I agree about the "elephant in the room"....I also lost a child - 23 years ago - to miscarriage and to this day don't know how to identy that child. It's amazing to me how many women suffer this tragedy yet it's never talked about. Hopefully that is changing.

  5. Wow... this is such a touching story. I've also experienced a NICU stay (my daughter was term but born small and sick) and a pregnancy loss at 13 weeks. Both were incredibly hard. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Welcome new followers. Thanks for supporting YGOH. It really is a wonderful cause.

    Donna, I think that a lot of people feel that way. It's one fo those things not discussed, making it hard to know how to identify that child.

    Erin, that would've been so hard. I feel for you.

  7. hello, thanks for following, I am now following back. Looking forward to reading your blog!


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