My Child Life Journey: Podcast Conversation

child life on call podcast Shani Interview

There is always an interesting story of how a child life specialist discovered the field and how they provide services in a non-traditional way.

I was thrilled to be interviewed by a child life colleague, Katie Taylor, from Child Life On Call. Listen to the podcast and find out my journey to the child life profession, community-based practices, and advice for parents.

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I am a Statistic: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

The statistics are pretty high with 1 out of 4 woman (and their partners) experiencing this.

I am grouped into this number, three times.


I had three miscarriages between Gavin and Blake and it was one of the most difficult things that I was ever faced with.

I was just reflecting on this ten days ago, October 5th to be exact, as that marked the day of my first D&C. It has been six years since that day and I can still pinpoint the gut wrenching, emotional pain that took over my body and mind for months.

The next two pregnancies were an exciting, uplifting time, as we were given hope to be parents again. It soon followed with anger, fear, and sorrow as the pregnancies came to an end.

There were no answers on why it was occurring, it just was. We had to accept it and continue to stay optimistic.

I did have a rainbow baby after my third consecutive miscarriage. Blake brought hope, love and completeness to our family and sealed my broken heart.

So for those of you that have been in similar shoes, my heart goes out to you. Sending big hugs filled with empathy and love.

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Gratitude for My Child Life Community

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In the past two days, I have been reflecting on my experience at the Child Life Council Conference. Weeks prior, I was filled with anticipation and anxiety to nail a panel presentation on child life specialists in community-based programs and a half-day intensive on the child-centered play. I was teamed up with some amazing co-presenters, Deb Vilas, Kristin Diezel and Mary Welker who have contagious energy on making a positive impact on the child life profession. I caught that bug and was along for the ride.

Our collaborative efforts created a unique, informative and entertaining presentation for our attendees. Once we started, there was an instant connection between the speaker and audience that helped to ease our nerves as we spoke from our hearts. We knew we rocked it!

I was also so humbled by the students and specialists that introduced themselves and said they were Child Life Mommy followers. I have to say it was a bit funny to enter a Disney bus and hear someone shout out, “Hi, Child Life Mommy!” or shyly confess, “It’s like meeting a celebrity.” Ha! My ego was a bit boosted, but I came down to reality as I had to chase my kids in the lobby or prevent them from slaying strangers with their Star Wars lightsabers.

I truly appreciated meeting the new faces and connecting with specialists all over the world. We have such a unique profession, filled with compassionate hearts and a drive to make a difference in the world.

Thank you to the volunteers, FACLP and CLC committees for making such an amazing conference this year. I am beyond proud of being  CCLS and part of the Association of Child Life Professionals!

See you next year in Vegas!

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