amy balentine | founder and kansas city, mo chapter leader
Welcome! I am Amy Balentine. I am a follower of Christ, a wife to Adam, and a mother to Teddy,
Simon, Thomas, Peter and Goldie and Founder of You Made Me Mom and group leader of the Kansas City chapter. This support group is a result of my experiences with my children who made me mom, but also our Lord, Jesus Christ, who ultimately made me mom.
In October 2012, I gave birth to our first child, Theodore (Teddy) Boyd. He is so wonderful.
In May 2014, I gave birth to our second child, Simon Adam, who lived 7 glorious days and 22 grace-filled minutes. He died on May 21, 2014. Simon had full Trisomy 13 - typically a life-limiting diagnosis.
In November 2014, I gave birth to our third child, Thomas Job. Thomas went to be with our Lord at 13 weeks gestation. I birthed his body via induction and we were able to set eyes on his magnificent body.
In September 2015, I gave birth to our fourth son, Peter Simon. He brings us much joy and happiness.
In August 2017, I gave birth to our fifth child, our first baby girl, Marigold (Goldie) Joy. Goldie adds a sweetness to our family we didn't know we were missing.
To read more about my family's story, visit my family's blog or click on the links below to navigate directly to the related story.
Balentine Memoirs: www.balentinememoirs.com
Simon's memorial tribute video
Thomas' pregnancy announcementThomas' passing and death announcements
hannah weiland | milford, in chapter leader
Hello! I’m Hannah Weiland, wife to Josh and mama to sweet Charlie. We live in northern Indiana where my husband pastors a church and I work part-time for a missions organization.
In late August 2014, we learned we were expecting our first child and were nervous and excited all at the same time. By the first of September however, we knew something wasn't right. We went in for an ultrasound around 7 weeks and learned I had an ectopic pregnancy. We were quickly sent to the hospital for emergency surgery and we were devastated.
By April 2015 we learned we were pregnant once again and in December welcomed our son Charlie. He is a true miracle and such a blessing in our lives.
In June 2017, we found out we were expecting again and were so excited to grow our family. Around 8 weeks I began experiencing symptoms similar to my first pregnancy and during an ultrasound confirmed another ectopic pregnancy. We were blindsided and couldn't believe we were facing this again. Surgery immediately followed and we were told our chances of conceiving naturally in the future would be ever more difficult, though not impossible.
While we would never choose this road, this is our story and we trust that God has a plan for our lives. I’m honored to be able to walk alongside other women as they navigate the days, weeks, and months following loss and hope to be able create a community of support in what can be an incredibly isolating time.