Elizabeth Petrucelli, SBD, CCCE is a certified birth and bereavement doula® (the first in the State of Colorado), a certified childbirth educator, and the author of several books on miscarriage including All That is Seen and Unseen; A Journey Through a First Trimester Miscarriage and It’s Not “Just” a Heavy Period; The Miscarriage Handbook. She has over 70 hours of specialized training in pregnancy loss and bereavement support and has served over 100 families as a birth doula. Elizabeth also holds the Psychological First Aid (PFA) certification and is trained in Crisis Intervention. She is compassionate to a family’s needs during this difficult time and assists families as they walk the unknown and unexpected journey of pregnancy loss.
Elizabeth has experienced two miscarriages. In 2010, her daughter Ruby Josephine was born in the operating room prior to her D&C. Elizabeth never got to see or hold her and her body was never returned. Elizabeth’s third son Augustus Jude was born on May 11, 2015 after having passed away in-utero due to Full Triploidy (a fatal condition). While Elizabeth never got to hold Gus, he received a proper burial and service.
Elizabeth has 2 living sons and understands the complexities of grief through the loss of a child as well as the anxiety that arises with pregnancy and parenting after a loss. Her desire to help others following her personal loss led her to offer bereavement services through her ministry Dragonflies for Ruby. Elizabeth is a member of PLIDA, ICEA, and CAPPA.
No amount of support can take away the pain and devastation families experience through miscarriage and stillbirth but it is well known that families who have continuous support throughout their loss have reduced distress, and the support they receive improves their functioning and coping. You should never feel you are walking this journey alone.
Dragonflies for Ruby provides services which help guide you through the unknown territory, connect you with support services and resources, and collaborate with your medical team. Dragonflies for Ruby is a free ministry; however, it is not a non-profit. In order to maintain a sustainable ministry, families are encouraged to financially cover their services utilizing the fee schedule. No one is turned away for lack of payment, anything helps.
You are not alone!
Dragonflies for Ruby is a ministry. Financial contributions to Dragonflies for Ruby are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions. Please consult your tax adviser.