As temperatures drop and holiday stress rises, we’re getting back to the basics of what makes spending time inside so nice. So, in addition to hosting a series of virtual events called Inside Time, we reached out to several women in our community to find out how they spend their Friday nights. Next up is Simmone Taitt, the founder of Poppy Seed Health, taking us through her recipe for an unplugged evening in.
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But along with this cheer, she makes space for feeling and recognizing other emotions, as well. Poppy Seed Health focuses on supporting patients throughout their fertility journey, a path that often involves grief. Around celebratory times of year, acknowledging this grief with loved ones can be particularly delicate. “Statistically speaking, so many people may have experienced a loss. One in four people have experienced pregnancy loss, like I have. Especially during the holidays, they need to be seen, too. And if you are privileged enough to be in someone’s support circle, I think the number one thing to do to support them is acknowledging their grief. We don’t always know what to say, but the simplest thing that you can do for people is to say, ‘Hey, you know, I know that you’re navigating some tough things, and I love you.’” (For those seeking support beyond their normal circles, Poppy Seed connects expecting families and women with medical advocates—doulas, midwives, and nurses—including 24/7 support via text, phone and video. They’ve also crafted some impeccably organized guides with more detail on how to best support friends and family working through this journey.)
However you’re spending the holidays, there’s one lesson we can all learn from Simmone: Take care of yourself and others, and good things will follow.