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Review of HopeXchange Website
According to their website, The Hope Xchange was founded in 2003 by Lisa Church after suffering a miscarriage. I had read her book “Hope Is Like The Sun, Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death” but I had never checked out the website before.
Their “About Us” page states that “HopeXchange is an expanding company with the primary goal of offering support to those coping with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.” They say they “exist to provide accurate and timely information, understanding, encouragement and actionable advice to families and professionals”.
The site includes several brief articles on topics such as miscarriage myths, miscarriage statistics, symptoms of miscarriage and grief and faith. Most of the site's content seems to have been adapted from Lisa Church's aforementioned book. I was impressed with the site's resource page which includes extensive links to websites which deal specifically with miscarriage or infant loss. Additionally, there are resource links for depression, infertility, support groups and helping children deal with grief.
The site also includes practical, generic advice on getting a good night's sleep, battling depression and anger and reaching out to other people. Additionally, there are links to purchase miscarriage books and inspirational jewelry and music.
The site is easy to navigate and includes a link to HopeXchange publishing, which specializes in books which offer “hope and healing”. You can also sign up for their free monthly newsletter. I was pleased to see that they also included a “Hope Events” section on their site although the two events currently listed are in Virginia where HopeXchange is located. Perhaps at some point they will expand this section to include more national or even international events.
Many similar sites, also founded by women who have experienced miscarriages, often include a brief description of the founder's miscarriage experience. It is mentioned that Lisa Church experienced a miscarriage but that was all. I was a bit disappointed that she did not really share her story. However, she has done that in her book so this is a relatively minor complaint on my part. I would recommend this website to any one who has experienced a miscarriage.
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