On October 17, 2015, my daughter Madison was born asleep. I was 34 weeks pregnant.
I was unable to wear my own clothes when I returned home from the hospital. When I had my son in 2012, I didn’t care. I continued to wear my maternity clothes or my trusty yoga pants. I was exhausted, blissed out, and no one was looking at me anyway. After having Madison, it felt like a cruel reminder to put on my maternity clothes, and it was so painful.
When you lose a child, a part of your confidence and self-esteem is lost too. I hated my body for not providing my daughter safe passage into this world. With only maternity or frumpy clothes to wear I felt even worse about myself. I didn’t want to go out or be seen in public – by anyone. Losing a child is isolating as it is, this makes it even more so. I couldn’t face clothing a body that I hated, a body I felt failed me.
Our mission is to comfort and clothe moms who share this path by providing complimentary donated clothing to help them reclaim their self confidence. When you have something nice to wear, you feel better about yourself. The women who donate to Madison’s Closet do so thinking of the women they will help. They want to help in a helpless situation.
We would be honored to help you.
In the dark days that follow, there is light in having the support of other women who have shared that experience.
Asking for help after the loss of a child is not weakness. THERE ARE COMMUNITIES ONLINE AND LOCALLY THAT CAN HELP. If you feel like you need to speak with someone one-on-one immediately about your grief or loss, please reach out.
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