At The Pink Elephants Support Network, our aim is to support, nurture and empower women who are experiencing infertility and miscarriage.
It all started with a coffee. Well, actually it started with a response to a Facebook post about miscarriage, a private message and a request to meet for coffee. And by the end of that coffee date, the concept for Pink Elephants was created.
During that first meet up, Sam and Gabbi agreed that there was an unmet need in the community around the support of women experiencing miscarriage. From the initial miscarriage diagnosis, to the ensuing loss/procedure and knowing what to expect, right down to the support that partners, family and friends can give – women needed and deserved more. Conversations needed to be had. Validation needed to be given. Connections needed to be made. Information needed to be offered.
It didn’t take long for us to recognise the inextricable link between miscarriage and infertility and to see that both journeys had to be addressed in order for us to reach and support even more women.
We also realised how easy it is to get stuck in the grief space and not know how to move forward. Nurturing our physical and mental health is a vital part of the journey and knowing all the options available both medically and holistically can give us a greater sense of control in what can otherwise be a time fraught with uncertainty and sadness. The key is having all this information readily accessible in the one spot!
It was at this point Sam and Gabbi had to admit they needed some help bringing this amazing network to life and they brought on board Rachel Haywood as the third Co-Founder, an experienced Marketing and Strategic Manager with a background in Healthcare Communications, a passion for graphic design with just as much drive and desire to make a difference as Sam and Gabbi.
Through Pink Elephants, we want to reduce the feelings of isolation many women feel by connecting them with other women who have experienced the journey before them, and are now able to mentor others. Miscarriage and infertility may be individual journeys, but no woman should have to walk them alone. So we want every woman to have the opportunity to connect with someone who ‘gets it’. We will also run closed groups on our website that women can join for additional support in a safe and caring environment.
We want to put women in touch with relevant healthcare professionals who will be able to support and nurture their mental and physical wellbeing along their journey. Our healthcare custodians will share information on our website and blog, and we will also run periodic themed Q&A sessions. On the flip side, we want to provide support to healthcare professionals which will in turn enhance their patient interactions and ultimately improve the support that women receive.
Our downloadable resources are fabulous and we believe they will make a world of difference in helping women’s key support networks (partners, family, friends) understand how to best support their loved one as they travel the road of infertility and/or miscarriage.
Thanks for stopping by. We know if you’re here, you’re going through some pretty tough times and are looking for reassurance, information and support. We hope that we’ve been able to make even a small difference in your world and wish you all the best in your journey.
Sam, Gabbi & Rachel xo